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US troops face penalties for ‘proselytization’

May 02, 2013

US armed forces personnel could face penalties for attempting to convert others to Christianity, the defense department has announced.

"Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense,” a Pentagon statement warned. Offenders could face a court martial or other form of punishment, the statement added.

The Obama administration issued the statement after consulting with Mikey Weinstein, an activist who has brought several lawsuits in efforts to prevent religious observances at military bases and has announced his determination to battle “evil, fundamentalist Christian creatures.”


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - May. 03, 2013 8:29 AM ET USA

    It's becoming harder and harder for me as a faithful Catholic to work for the Defense Department. This regime is clearing the way for religious persecution and I will not support it.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 02, 2013 7:23 PM ET USA

    Maybe recruitment to the military should be confined to atheists. Soldiers with religious beliefs are only welcome as "cannon fodder" for lack of a better word.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 02, 2013 4:39 PM ET USA

    And guess what today is? The National Day of Prayer. Ironic isn't it?