Jack Lambert 
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Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

Love it or hate it the rules and regulations that govern DoD uniformed personnel exist to prevent personal offense to others. Whether you're in the military or a regular civilian, when you go to work there are standards on how to conduct yourself for this reason. When we go to work we represent not only ourselves and our personal beliefs but also our employer.

A telephone operator doesn't drop the F bomb to a customer because it may be offensive to a caller. A bank teller doesn't dress in a ratty punk rock T-shirt because it might be offensive to a customer. Military members don't display religious ANYTHING because they could offend the world.

It's more important in the military than in any other scene. Sailors, Marines, Soldiers and Airmen are all people... until they put on the uniform! Once the uniform goes on they are now representatives of the United States Government and it's people. They are diplomats, they are figure heads, and they stand as an icon of freedom AND RESPECT. A big part of free choice is knowing when your actions could offend others and proudly refraining from them. When free people don't recognize when this happens rules are put in place that affect everyone. It's common sense that we shouldn't kill people, but low and behold someone gets murdered and now it's a law that affects us all.

If I decide to play loud music (of the non-offensive variety) in my apartment during the middle of the day and my neighbor asks me to turn it down I have 2 options.. 1, I can close the door and do nothing since I'm not breaking any laws or rules against my lease. Or, I can acknowledge that for whatever reason my neighbor is offended and turn down my stereo. Nobody will argue what the polite thing to do is. If I'm to be an icon of freedom them my next step will be to turn it down and apologize, because it's respectful.

Religion IS offensive to some people. I don't understand why, but at the same time I don't know why my neighbor wouldn't be in the mood for some music in the middle of the day. Why someone could get offended is not the point; the military is comprised of many people from many religions and cultural backgrounds any of which could find a public display of religion to be offensive. So while most of you argue about the constitutional rights of the issue and ask "What the big deal"? I ask what's so hard about keeping your religion to yourself? It's a touchy area to some people so just put it away in public. Treat it the same way as loud music, or smoking in public, or a heated debate; once it begins to offend someone take it somewhere private. That's the respectful thing to do.

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Posted by Jack Lambert on 03/12/2014 at 10:59 AM

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