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.”

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

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115 thoughts on “Rear admiral wont back down from ‘Constitutional right’ to share faith

  1. Paul Davis says:

    So, "Don't ask, don't tell" was a bad thing for gays (5% of population) but no issue for religion?

    1. Patrick Denny says:

      Funny how when the don't ask, don't tell policy was under scrutiny, that certain people didn't make headlines by speaking out against that huh?…That's because at the time, it was politically correct not to……..

  2. Thomas A. (Doc) Livi says:

    As a man of faith and a veteran I Stand with and Support Admiral Lee in his remarks and the consequences to military personnel of these attempts to quash what few of their Constitutional Rights as U. S. Citizens that they do NOT have to give up when volunteering, being accepted, and taking whatever comes in their pursuit of Protecting the Constitutional Rights of all Other Citizens of this Great country (Those right Granted by Nature's God and Not our Government)!

  3. Patrick Denny says:

    As long as the people he shares his Faith with are willing participants, great. If he's perceived as using his Rank and position to push his Faith, well, that won't work. If you read Weinstein's comment, he has no problem with people of Faith, he has a problem with Radical people of Faith. Those are the types that begin wars because others don't buy their jargon. I am a believer in the most high God, but I am not part of any Religion. I do not see why this would become a big deal. I also hear the Admiral says there's "Religious Hatred" in the Military. I served 30 years in the Coast Guard, I've seen racism, sexism, all of it, but NEVER a hatred of Religion……..

  4. Matt says:

    I wonder if maybe Obama and Weinstein were victims of some catholic priest Who used his "sword" to teach them about god Now bend over and do everything the nice priest tells you if so not only should we pray for them but also for the priest

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