At a time when faith in the military is under deliberate assault by the Obama Administration, some of our brave warriors are apparently not backing down.
One of them is U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. William D. Lee, who was present at the 62nd observance of the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C, as lawmakers and faith leaders gathered on Capitol Hill. Adm. Lee was there to represent Americans serving in the military.
When he ascended to the microphone, Adm. Lee told the crowd he had 10 minutes of carefully prepared remarks, but he decided to leave them in his chair and “speak from the heart” instead.
Describing himself as “a man of deep abiding faith who happens to wear a uniform,” the admiral then went on to announce his intention to defy any efforts to stop military personnel from openly sharing their Christian faith.
Lee went on to cite last year’s record high number of military suicides, 349—roughly one per day—and said every 65 minutes a military veteran will take his or her own life. “I want you to remember that number,” he said.
He told the story of a recent meeting with a 24-year-old soldier who had attempted suicide but survived his self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. When he heard the man’s story, Admiral Lee told his audience that he knew the rules said he should send the man to a chaplain, but his heart said to give him a Bible.
“The lawyers tell me that if I do that, I’m crossing the line,” Lee said. “I’m so glad I’ve crossed that line so many times.”
Lee pledged not to back down from “my right under the Constitution to tell a young man that there is hope.”
The Obama Administration’s assault on Christianity in the military has taken insidious forms, including threats by the Pentagon that they may court martial Christian soldiers who share their faith and actual Army reserve training materials listing believing Christians as ‘extremists’.
Part of the agenda of President Obama and the Left appears to be attempting to corrupt the one institution so far that resisted their attempts to do so. The repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the hollowing out of our military through forced early retirement and sequestration cuts was just the beginning.For an active duty admiral to profess his faith publicly like this was an act of uncommon courage.
There comes a time to stand, and warriors like Adm. Lee are showing the way to thousands of others. With G-d’s grace they will succeed.