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September 30, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, is not just any run-of-the-mill air base. It’s where every airman enters the service and undergoes training for enlisted duty. That fact makes this story all the more significant and disturbing.

Evangelical Christian airmen at Lackland Air Force Base are facing severe threats and retribution for their religious beliefs and some personnel have been ordered to publicly express their position on gay marriage.

“There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” said Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”

Branson tells me at least 80 airmen attended a private meeting at the church where he heard them voice their concerns about religious hostilities at the Air Force base. It was a standing-room only crowd.

“The religious persecution is happening,” the pastor said. “It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”

I went through basic training at Lackland 20 years ago. The greatest worry we airmen in training had at that time was getting the details of our tasks right and making sure we stayed out of trouble. Chapel service was one of the few releases from the intense pressure of basic during those six weeks of mind games. Now the mind games have become something much deeper, and they will have lasting significance on readiness. Chapel is no release, and soon enough, chaplains who hold to the traditional definition of marriage will no longer be welcome in the United States military.

Many of us who served in the military predicted that issues like this would arise. The pundit class, in both parties and among the libertarian set, most of whom never so much as thought of serving in uniform, dismissed and even laughed off those concerns.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Fundamental transformation. That's what the man said.

The lunatics are running the asylum.
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Yo have to ask yourself just what kind of officers are running the AIr Force.

I'm guessing the Obama kind, just like there were officers of the Clinton stripe back in that dark period.
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This is what we get when we elect queers and lesbians and other assorted perverts and reprobates into positions of power. All we can do is try to mitigate the damage and then clean up the mess when the country gets fed up with these freaks and throws them out of office.

Remember BENGHAZI!
28 weeks ago
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“The religious persecution is happening,” the pastor said.

welcome to the world of being an atheist. ain't much fun when it bites you back, is it pastor?
28 weeks ago
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Really?

Like atheists are just soooo persecuted for their beliefs.

Whatever.

And I've been an atheist for a 50+ years. I have not ever once experienced what religious people are going through now, all over the world.

Maybe you should go and waste a few million dollars and thousands of hours that our judicial system doesn't have suing to have the word "dog" exorcised from the Unabridged Newspeak Dictionary. After all, some dyslexic atheists read that word backwards and might get offended.
28 weeks ago
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i also have been an atheist for 50 years and it has cost me job interviews and much money. good for you that you haven't experienced it.

your final paragraph does make me doubt you, however.
28 weeks ago
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I've never been questioned about my religious beliefs in a job interview. What field do you work in?
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asking is illegal. what happened to me was my first interview for one job was a telephone interview and i was being pushed hard to make a site visit. the big recruiting push was all the churches in the area and the social scene organized around them. after this was stressed several times, i voluntered that i was an atheist. the site visit offer was withdrawn and several others that were lined up disappeared after the word filtered back to the agency. i also have paid lawyers, when i giving depositions, for the purpose of making certain that i could avoid swearing "so help me god.". last time it was $500 just to have him say, " **** will affirm, not swear."

thanks for asking.
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If things are as stated then I share your outrage. But there is some history to consider...

Fort Dix, 1966. They needed from us some information should we not survive our time in uniform. There was a form for religious preference. The sergeant instructing us said we could choose any religion or No Preference. He ended with saying to not choose No Preference.

And there was that SPN code, no longer in use in your time. A search on 'DD214 SPN' will reveal that story.
28 weeks ago
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I've seen SPN codes. I'm not aware of any that refer to religious beliefs in a derogatory manner.
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Here's a rundown of older codes - http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blcode1.htm

At the time the SPN codes became public knowledge it was claimed there was innuendo in some codes. IOW, malicious superiors could sneakily brand a military member. And brand is correct as human resources people knew the code while the former military person knew not what those numbers were at the bottom of the DD214.
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Destroying the United states military by making Homosexuality Honorable is part of the New Age agenda. Homosexuals have a reprobate mind, and should never be in positions of leadership. Like drunks, or cocaine freaks.

The world loves it's own, and Christianity is/will be considered hate speech in the New Age. When Christ was asked how it will be at his return, he said it will be as it was during the time of Noah.
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Fundamental transformation. That's what the man said.

The lunatics are running the asylum.
28 weeks ago
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