Fort Bragg doesn’t bow to bullies
October 1, 2010
Russ Jones — One News Now
Fort Bragg in North Carolina proceeded with its plans to host a Christian concert, even after coming under fire from enemies in its own homeland.
Despite objections from national groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) and the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) — which sent a letter to Secretary of the Army John McHugh, alleging the event violates the Constitution — a Christian rally open to the public went ahead as planned at Fort Bragg on Saturday, September 25.
Former U.S. Navy Chaplain Gordan James Klingenschmitt with PrayInJesusName.org contends that inviting singers to minister to Christian soldiers and their families does not violate separation of church and state policies.
Gordon James Klingenschmitt”Americans United for Separation of Church and State hates chaplains [and] hates it when our soldiers act like Christians, or even [when they] want to worship Jesus Christ,” Klingenschmitt laments. “So they’re throwing a fit and saying this Christian group should be disinvited from the Army post.”
He believes the FFRF and AU’s leader, Barry Lynn, disrespect the U.S. Constitution through their actions.
“The Supreme Court has already ruled our troops have a right to religious accommodation — that’s why we have chaplains,” the former Navy chaplain points out. “It’s mandatory that the government has to provide for their free exercise of religion; and in this case, Barry Lynn wants all of the soldiers to be atheists. So I’m very disappointed in him.”
“Rock the Fort,” which is organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and held at military bases around the country, offers Christian music, speakers, and other activities.