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A few weeks ago, I sent an email to Congressman Bishop over his website. I mentioned that I had read about a consultant to the Department of Defense who stated that Christianity in the U.S. military is a serious national security threat. I did receive an email in response but the message stated to me that “due to the high volume of correspondence, this office will respond later.”
I have had no further response. Perhaps his screener thought that I was a jokester of some sort, but I sent the same email to Sen. Chambliss, whose screener thought my question deserved a response. Sen. Chambliss’ office did contact the Department of Defense, and he responded to my email with words to the effect that the Department of Defense places great emphasis on religion in the military. Yet, the Department of Defense has issued orders concerning Christian soldiers are not to witness to other soldiers.
In over 20 years’ service to this country as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, I never did see any adverse effect on a unit’s morale, the unit’s mission, or the unit’s wellbeing caused by a Christian soldier sharing his faith to another soldier in the Army, except for one time. I was an instructor pilot at Fort Rucker and one of my fellow instructor pilots felt he should witness to his student pilots while in flight, and so he did. He should have known that witnessing was inappropriate in those circumstances. There is a time for everything under the sun and witnessing while teaching someone to fly an aircraft is not the right time. Sitting in a defensive position surrounded by Taliban fighters is a good time for witnessing, however!
DUANE “BANJO” DAVIS