Posted 02/08/2012 07:01 PM
Constitution: The Air Force removes a reference to God from its logo as the Army forbids Catholic chaplains from reading an archbishop’s letter to those in uniform. What’s next, the crosses at Arlington National Cemetery?
‘It is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle,” read the letter from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services to the Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military.
The letter that the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains kept from being read to Catholic soldiers concerned the recent Health and Human Services mandate requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptive services.
The letter was similar to others recently distributed by the Catholic bishops of the U.S. to be read from the pulpit in each parish. Bishops were allowed to tailor the letters for their particular audience.
That was what Archbishop Broglio did when he wrote the “blow to freedom” line above, adding: “The federal government, which claims to be ‘of, by, and for the people,’ has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people — the Catholic population — and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faith.”
He included the pledge that “the Church cannot — and will not — comply with this unjust law.”
The Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains apparently was not amused and sent out its own letter forbidding Catholic chaplains from reading their archbishop’s communication to Catholic soldiers, in part because it was judged to encourage civil disobedience and could be read as seditious against the commander in chief.
Since when is passing on articles of faith to U.S. soldiers considered seditious? We hark back to the inattention paid by the Army that let Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan rise through the ranks undetected until the day he shot up Fort Hood shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great) despite numerous warning signs.
Hasan’s genuine signs of seditious activity were ignored in the name of a political correctness that does not apply to a Catholic Church that is considered fair game by this administration.
Is the Army suggesting Catholic soldiers are being encouraged to do the same by opposing ObamaCare’s assault on the freedom of religion that these soldiers risk their lives to protect, or that they’re being incited by a real religion of peace to take arms against their government?