By AATTP contributor DeadState
Following their usual pattern of bungling the facts and attachment to delusions of Christian prosecution, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and guest Todd Starnes portrayed rules against proselytizing in the military as proof of the Obama administration’s alleged “war on religious liberty,” despite the fact that there is nothing new about the policy.
This Thursday, Hannity claimed that a Pentagon statement reinforcing the military’s longtime policy against proselytizing religious doctrine was proof of Obama’s “war on religious liberty,” with Starnes adding that Christians were “under significant attack” by the current administration, going on to say that “we have seen a Christian cleansing of the United States military.”
In response to the misinformation from Hannity’s show, Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen was compelled to clarify the military’s policy, stating that “members of the military are free to share their faith as long as they don’t harass others.”
“Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization),” Christensen said in an email.
“If a service member harasses another member on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, then the commander takes action based on the gravity of the occurrence. Likewise, when religious harassment complaints are reported, commanders take action based on the gravity of the occurrence on a case-by-case basis.”
Despite claims of activists, Christensen said that the military does not single out Christians.
“The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution. The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members,” he said.
Watch the Hannity segment in the video below, courtesy of Media Matters.
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