Rear admiral wont back down from ‘Constitutional right’ to share faith

Rear Adm. William D. Lee

Rear Adm. William D. Lee

In the wake of last week’s shocking news that the Pentagon is threatening to punish those who share their religious beliefs with others, the courageous comments of a high ranking official in the U.S. Coast Guard have largely gone unreported in the media.

At a National Day of Prayer event Thursday on Capitol Hill, as first reported by World Magazine, Rear Admiral William Lee, who described himself as “a man of deep abiding faith who happens to wear a uniform,” spoke out against the growing religious hostility in the military.

Lee recounted his decision to violate military rules preventing him from giving a Bible to a soldier who had attempted suicide, and pledged not to back down from “my right under the Constitution to tell a young man that there is hope.”

In speaking of the record number of military suicides, Lee shared the story of the 24-year-old soldier who had survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He told the gathering that his heart said to give the soldier a Bible, even though he knew the rules said he should send the man to a chaplain.

“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.”

His comments were in response to the appointment of anti-Christian Mikey Weinstein as a Pentagon consultant to develop new policies on religious tolerance. Weinstein recently wrote of Christians in The Huffington Post:

Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.

Lee received several standing ovations during his brief remarks, according to World Magazine, and he requested prayer for Christian military personnel to “weather the storm that I am almost certain will come.”

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  • KB Cook

    in the words of the apostles, who exercised their God-given right to freedom of worship and freedom of speech: "We must obey God rather than men." — Acts 5:29

    • http://BIZPACREVIEW Deborah Crosby

      You couldn't have stated any thing more truer KB. Love the comment.

    • Luther Henry

      Especially men like Barack Hussein Obama and Mikey Weinstein.

    • Mardene

      I think the ones that really don't believe in the WORD and MEANING of the Bible or that do and are not a BELIEVER this is how they react to it.. Weinstein, I say to him MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. We destroy our constitution, We destroy this country….

    • Sandra Ray

      All this will come to pass as the Bible foretells. The Nations will turn agains Babylon the Great which is all of False Religion. And the merchants will mourn her fall. But when they reach out to go against Jehovah Gods Chosen ones then God said it will be like sticking your finger in my eye and he will react with vengence on the Day of his Great anger against all those who do not choose to obey his commandments

      • Doug Hanks

        That removes all doubt.

      • http://www.thefamishedpatriot.com Mark

        So, in the meantime, what are we, the faithful, those who love Christ and His Word, to do? Roll over? Play dead? Wait for the "inevitable?"

        • Stephanie F

          Lol I know right?

      • Glenna Greene

        I BELIEVE THAT SANDRA RAY IS CORRECT IN EVERY THING SHE HAS POSTED AND THAT WE MUST STAND UP AND BE HEARD, WE MUST STAND UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE AND STAND UP FOR OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH.

    • Louella Garrou

      AMEN!

    • Cynthia

      Amen

    • Jeanette

      What is happening to our Nation? I am really starting to get scared I do not understand and I am overwhelmed to the point of having nightmares at night. I feel like we have the enemy in our white house and something terrible is being devised. Either that or we have a totally inept stupid President who does not see the writing on the wall. This is insane something has to be done but what do you do? Can someone tell me what to do? How do you fight a monster?

      • Kenny Raines

        You pray!!!

      • Jonathan

        Pray, pray and pray some more. There will be a time when the enemy will use his army to come after us all and we need to stand up for God. We do not belong here, we are only here to spread God's message until he calls us home.

      • http://Yahoo Kevin Troy Surratt

        Follow the Heart, the Soul and the mind that's where God is! When they all say the same thing they can't be wrong.

      • DA

        YOU PRAY. 3 WORDS TO REMEMBER…. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS! I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY DO NOT BE AFRAID, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. NO MATTER WHO IS PRESIDENT… GOD IS STILL KING. WHATS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN FORETOLD LONG AGO. READ REVELATION CHAPTERS IN THE BIBLE. THE STAGE IS BEING SET FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST. I PRAY YOU HAVE ACCEPTED HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL LORD & SAVIOR & THAT YOU TRUST IN HIM… NOT MAN.

      • Audrey Cutler

        MAY GOD GIVE THIS ADMIRAL SPECIAL BLESSINGS FOR STANDING UP FOR OUR Constitutional rights to pray and spread his word AND, MOST OF ALL OUR CHRISTIAN RIGHTS. Christians we must continue to pray constantly for God's intervention. All we have to do is have faith, then believe and he will save our Country from the traitor in our White House or as I am always saying our greatest enemy today, which is the man that is living in our White House. It is truly unbelievable but true. My solution, and it will work is, pray with faith and believe, as God ask us to do. then just stand back, out of God's way, and just watch what he can do!!!!!

        • Eileen Hedrick

          Amen. 1 Samuel:2-30

          "But now the LORD declares: I promise that I will honor those who honor me, AND Saint Francis of Assisi quote – Preach the gospel at all times — If necessary, usewords.

      • Betsey

        We pray and continue to pray and always remember that GOD IS in control…You have in our white house, someone who is out of destroy our nation , people have turned their back on God, but HE is still the one we follow and HE will reign forever….and HE is in control and will defeat the enemy.

      • http://mitchbensel.com Mitch Bensel

        pray.. the relax.. and know .. you are not alone ..

    • Ona Mae McKinney Foo

      We need more William Lee's in Washington, D. C. representing our country. We were founded on christian principles and beliefs….BUT have gone so far from it with more people like those opposing what Mr. Lee is saying and doing. God bless you, Mr. Lee.

    • Thelma Smith

      Amen to that!!

    • Lun

      Amen!!!

    • http://facebook Mary Liz Danuser

      KB,

      Wow!

      I am glad to see

      I'm not alone in my opinion today

      .Always glad to know

      there are christains not afraid to say it.

      Knew I liked your thoughts previously.

      Anyway!thanks for saying so.Liz

    • DiskMan

      Amen! Thank God there are men who are men, even today! And the pentagon is actually going to listen to that guy Weinstein who is obviously NOT an "expert" on "religious tolerance" . . .

  • Christine

    I wish more people would share their faith and hope in the only person that loves us so much and offers salvation and a new life. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and for that promise, we have such great hope and energy to not give in to our problems and discouragements. God is always there. Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.

    • Mardene

      AMEN!!!

    • Godsond

      Thank you for sharing yours Christine!

  • Ron

    WHO are making these unacceptable ideas and forcing the men and women to abide by them ,its unconstitutional isn't it freedom of religion.

  • Carlos Teichert

    I went from being an agnostic to being a believer, because someone thought enough of me to give me a bible. Thank God our country wasn't being run by bigotted atheists then. As the old saying goes, " there are no atheists in foxholes!"

  • http://google John Gordon

    I will bet you 1 million to 1 that Mikey Weinstien has never been in a military field unit, under fire. I'll bet that he has never experienced the sheer terror of being overrun by an enemy and the first option is for he and his friends to pray to God (together)for strength and courage.

    EVERY PERSON OF FAITH MUST STAND WITH THE ADMIRAL AGAINST THESE FORCES OF EVIL BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, THE NEXT RULE WILL BE TO OUTLAW PRAYER ALTOGETHER.

    • Mark Gibson

      Unfortunately, Mikey Weinstein is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He has been fighting with that institution for the better part of a decade because he feels they excessively prostletize in Colorado Springs.

  • Charlyne Cook

    God bless you Rear Admiral Lee. I am becoming more and more convenced there is a war against Christianity in the US. We see it in the media, we now see it in the military. If you stop and think about it, who is against the liberal agenda which is proabortion, trying to ban guns, giving welfare and benefits to those who don't deserve it, cutting back on our military and not balancing our budget? It is the Christain conservatives who are constantly coming out against these things and this Administration is targeting us. We have to stand up for Godly values no matter what. I would rather die trying to do what is right, than live allowing things to go wrong!

  • http://facebook renee conner

    way to go. this is a free country. we have a right to express our faith! the idiot need to go read our constitution again. that's the problem today. we put these idiots in office to run our country. now they wanna take our rights away from us!

    • Thomas

      "right to express our faith!" Your expression does not and should not give you the right to infringe on those different beliefs though.

      There is religious corruption at the AFA and that should also not be ignored, that is what this article is truly about, where the roots are, so to speak.

      A 2010 survey found 41% of non-Christian cadets faced unwanted proselytizing, even as the religious majority felt that their freedom of speech was being infringed upon.

      So, as the pentagon stated, there is policy that protects EVERYONE's rights and that is what they enforce.

      If enabling you to "express" your faith in a certain way infringes on someone else and/or their beliefs, then it is not constitutional to allow that…

      • J Brown

        Thomas I completely agree with you. As a non christian I grew up having to listen to christian prayers and readings from the christian bible in school. I have no problem with anyone reading whatever bible they want or praying in silence in whatever religion they practice but don't force it on me. I do not proselytize (sp) to anyone and do not appreciate it being done to me

        • H.Walker

          I feel sorry for you my friend, but not wanting to force anything on anyone; Christianity is a choice, you can belive or not believe, But Christ knows and believes in you. knowing your a non beliver i feel in my heart for you. My prayer for you is to know in your heart that Christ died for you my friend, all you have to do is believe it.

          • W. Schneider

            Correct me if I'm wrong, BUT

            I thought that christ was resurrected and was raised to heaven!

            Please advise!

            Regards

    • Ozymandias

      Mikey Weinstein is not an elected official He's a very angry retired serviceman who is bullying his Atheist opinion and hatred on Christians.

      However, his real desire is to have Christian Service men and women brought up on treason charges for sharing their faith. If you are a Christian and believe in the power of prayer, then prayer for our service men and women! The other thing you need to do is to get a copy of the book,"The Harbenger" By Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. That ffully explains what is happening to this country, why, and what to do it.

      Because we have sinned so much as a nation and refuse to repent and turn back to Jesus, God has removed His Hedge of Protection around the United States.

      We are in The Last Day so read the book of Revelations and see that it is coming to pass. Repent!

  • Lou Luba

    Had the distinct honor of working for RADM Lee when he was in charge of the DOG…would willingly follow him on a one way mission to the gates of hell if he asked…it is truly rare to find a man of his honor and conviction anymore..

  • http://www.firstbaptistsaltillopa.com Neal Gracey

    “We must obey God rather than men.”

    Back in the day…Men and women were fed to the lions for being Christian. Followers of Christ must stand firm, no matter what the cost, for "we are not of this world."

    Jesus said that we are not part of this world and because of that the world does not accept us but rather hates us. He says that if we were part of this world the world would love us, but instead He called us out of this world. Now this should cause the sincere believer to stop and think. If the world hates us because we are not of their world, then should we be concerned about what the world thinks of us? Now that does not mean that we should intentionally try to alienate people, but the fact remains that since the world loves and behaves in ways that are contrary to what Jesus loves and how He behaves, that there will be a natural disliking to anyone who is sincerely following Jesus.

    • SHIRLEY ANDREWS

      WE NEED TO BECOME MORE GODLY CORRECT AND LEAVE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS TO THE UNEFFECTIVE, UNEDUCATED, LOSERS, AND IDIOTS TO LEAD OBAMA IN CIRCLES AS THEY ARE DOING NOW, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR STUPIDITY. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET THIS MAN FOR TREASON?

  • Laura Sloan

    Good Article! Rear Admiral Lee is a fine example for a lot of military personnel to emulate! God Bless Rear Admiral William D. Lee.! Bless you for not backing down on your Constitutional Rights to share your faith and prayers with other military personnel while you serve our country! May you be strengthened in your resolve! More prayers to you.