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Re: “UPDATE: Here we go again ... AFA and religion

"Sharing your faith," is not an illegal act in the United States of America. Certainly, religious proeslytizing is not an absolute right, but it is a long way from a criminal act, nor is religious proeslytizing subject to absolute public censorship. If we are truly free, than we must be free to practice, both the private and public aspects of our beliefs--including the right to proeslytize. Some Americans may be offended by religious proeslytizing, but offense is not sufficient reason to purge or muzzle these rights! Coercion works both ways. Coercion can be used to both "encourage" (Evangelists) or "discourage" (Secularists) religious based activities. How can we claim freedom of religion and criminalize missionary or other proeslytizing efforts? How can we claim freedom of expression and purge religious proeslytizing from the public domain? Guidelines, of course, but never a carte blanche policy (mandate) that allows OR prohibits religious proeslytizing (other religious activities in public). "Sharing your faith," is not an illegal act in the United States of America (Sadly, I am not sure how long that is going to be true). Thank you and God Bless!

Posted by Wildcats on 10/30/2011 at 7:54 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Here we go again ... AFA and religion

Just as their are religious elements desiring overreaching applications on this issue--there are also virulent strains of secular groups who are demanding ANY public expressions of a religious nature (Christianity in particular) should be purged from American society. Freedom of expression is meaningless if it is codified as having application in the private sector alone! I realize the military is a special situation but just as "encouraging" subordinants to engage in religious activities is coercive--demanding absolute silence in regard to those activities is equally coercive and unfair! Silence does not establish neutrality. Freedom of religion must include those elements of faith that have public application, including the right to "share the faith," even in public, even while serving in the military. The military policy must reflect that reality, as well as, safeguard against it endagering American lives. It will not be easy but we must find a balance. Freedom of religion--be it private--or be it public! Thank you and God Bless!

Posted by Wildcats on 10/29/2011 at 11:48 AM

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