Help Stop Fundamentalist Christian Extremism and Persecution in the U.S. Military

Help Stop Fundamentalist Christian Extremism and Persecution in the U.S. Military

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      Military Religious Freedom Foundation

According to a soon to be released investigative report from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year on evangelical fundamentalist Christian concerts, retreats, youth programs and other events all aimed at converting military personnel and their families to Christianity.

This is not the money the military has historically spent on chaplains who provide support for military personnel who identify as people of faith.

Instead, the Department of Defense is spending on these programs with the intent to proselytize -- here are just a few examples of programs funded with taxpayer dollars:

--$30 million a year spent on the Army's Strong Bonds program. Strong Bonds is supposed to be non-religious, but has been hijacked by chaplains who have turned the program's pre- and post-deployment getaways for soldiers and their spouses into evangelical fundamentalist Christian retreats held at Christian camps and resorts.

--Over $12 million in Department of Defense contracts have gone to Military Community Youth Ministries since 2000. The organization is known to stalk "unchurched" military children, using such tactics as following their school buses. 

--$678,000 in Department of Defense contracts to hire evangelical Christian rock bands for a Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concert Series at Fort Eustis and Fort Lee in Virginia. Soldiers who opted-out of attending one of these concerts last year were punished.

Not only is this spending blatantly unconstitutional, but many of the contractors hired by the Department of Defense violate federal policies that prohibit any government contractor receiving more than $10,000 a year in contracts from discriminating based on religion in its hiring practices.

Our country faces tough economic times, and our leaders are making difficult choices about where best to spend taxpayer dollars. The Department of Defense needs to get out of the business of trying to save souls and start spending its budget more appropriately.

Take action today and support the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's work to shine a light on this out of control and inappropriate spending.

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    • Beth Downs BOLINGBROOK, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is unconstitutional and needs to be STOPPED. Our soldiers are fighting to uphold our freedoms which include the Constitutional RIGHT to religious freedom! The very premise of being forced to go to Christian-themed concerts and having their children harassed by Christian groups is not only WRONG but violates the separation of church and state.

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    • Heather Van De Sande FRANKFORT, KY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'd rather see this money going to programs that would actually help our troups - mental-health, paid education, equipment, etc. Heck, even if it was used to buy all our service members a beer, it would be money better spent.

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    • Darl Sabraw PALM SPRINGS, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The US Government has no business subsidizing religion in any way shape or form. Evangelical fundamentalists are trying to turn the military establishment into a literal salvation army where only the saved may serve or be promoted and attending religious services is mandatory.

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    • Scott Beckingsale ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The USA for so long was the champion of Western values and one of those values was the separation of church and State. What has happened?

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      • almost 3 years ago

      You took an oath to defend and protect our Constitution. God is watching you - and he's got a really long memory!

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