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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Military Limiting Religious Freedom of Those Putting Their Lives On The Line To Protect Ours

Reading this article really made me angry, as it should make you.  Our government is looking to limit the religious freedom for the very people who put their lives on the line to protect our religious freedom. 

This piece is written by my friend and radio partner Tami Jackson

It’s hard to believe what is happening to our military. Don’t ask don’t tell was rescinded, long-time DoD high-ranking officers were fired in 2013, and Obama’s drawdown has been broad and dangerous.

In the words of one military wife:
On some level I understood a drawdown was inevitable, but I guess I never expected to be simultaneously worried about a deployment to Afghanistan and a pink slip because my husband’s service is no longer needed.
Last year I wrote “Military Religious Freedom Foundation Wants Air Force Chaplain Gagged,” and received hundreds of comments and emails from Americans who were appalled at the proposed censure of military chaplains.

Our armed forces do dangerous jobs daily which put them in life and death situations. Those down range never know if the last Skype conversation with a wife, son or daughter might be their last. And the DoD wold consider hamstringing the person who can help give spiritual strength and solace?

After all…what is a chaplain?

A chaplain is a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court. And a clergyman is “a man who is a member of the clergy (pastors or priests) especially in a Christian church.”

In a time when the Islamic State is on the move and killing in a most barbaric way, when Islamic extremism is pandemic, for some unearthly reason the U.S. is reining in chaplains.

I’m not a conspiracy proponent. But what should we think when the U.S President praises Muslim Brotherhood close-knit groups like ISNA, commences an unparalleled drawdown in an era of increased threat to America by Islamic extremists, and seeks to appease and normalize relations with a known tyrannical regime (Cuba)?

And now the news is out that U.S. Army Chaplain (Captain) Joe Lawhorn has been punished by the Army for sharing his personal faith.

From PR Newswire:
On November 20, 2014, Chaplain Lawhorn conducted suicide prevention training as required by Army regulations. During the training, he discussed his own personal struggles and how he used the Bible to successfully combat his depression.

One of the soldiers in attendance complained to an atheist group about Chaplain Lawhorn’s presentation. In response, Army Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Commander, Colonel David G. Fivecoat, issued Chaplain Lawhorn a Letter of Concern alleging that Chaplain Lawhorn “advocated for . . . Christianity and used Christian scripture and solutions” and therefore violated Army regulations.

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Jeff Dunetz said...

Big surprise. OCare was a big ass Crony deal for Insurance Companies -- more specifically, OCare silver and gold plans were geared to carriers who offered Managed Care/Health Management Organization type coverage. This style of coverage is typically more comprehensive AND more expensive -- typically only picked by large companies and unions, not small businesses or individuals...

The second part of OCare cronyism is the Ocaid (Medicaid) expansion. In case you didn't know, government has generally proven itself to be incompetent at running the claims side of medicare -- so this is farmed out to the carriers. While doctor reimbursements for OCaid can be as lost as 5% of regular fees, the carriers get paid a pretty nice chunk of change to process those claims. So while clinics are getting squeezed with low payments for the care provided by the grubermint, carriers are racking up good bucks on processing Ocaid.

The last part of the OCare crony deal is how big employers and unions, with their higher end coverages have generally been spared exposure to Ocare plans. Meanwhile, small business Main Street and their employees have been hammered by Ocare premiums. This end of the crony OCare deal is about to go away, unless some edict pushes their inclusion down the road another year or two... Then we'll really see the scat hit the fan, as millions of folks who have been spared OCare's implementation will be tossed into the system...

Jeff Dunetz said...

So, chicken little was right, the sky is falling!