Top officers within the U.S. military are abusing their power to coerce soldiers into participating in acts of Christian worship. In one instance of this abuse, Major General James Chambers organized a Spiritual Fitness Concert Series, which he promised would feature performers of “different religious backgrounds”. The concerts, which are funded by money gathered from the American people, have actually only featured evangelical Christian performers. Non-Christians haven’t been allowed to perform. The Christian performances feature Christian religious messages, mixed with prayer, Bible readings, and efforts to convert the audience from the stage.
At a recent Spiritual Fitness Concert, given by the group BarlowGirl at Fort Eustis, soldiers were marched in formation to the concert, and then were faced with a choice: Go to the concert, or return to their baracks under punishing “lockdown” conditions, in which soldiers are not allowed to engage in personal recreation activities such as communicating with family members online. The only things that the lockdown soldiers who decided to refuse the Christian worship concert could do were A) Clean up the baracks and engage in other chores, or B) Go to sleep. The night of the concert was usually a time for soldiers to have unrestricted relaxation.
American soldiers are being locked up, held prisoner as punishment for doing nothing more than refusing to take part in Christian worship. How can the American military claim to be fighting to defend our liberty, when it’s working to undermine liberty right here on American soil?