Courtesy of Media Matters:
Fox News' Sean Hannity and Todd Starnes portrayed restraints on proselytization as proof of the Obama administration's purported "war on religious liberty in the military," despite the fact that military policy has long prohibited unwanted proselytization.
On the May 2 edition of his Fox News show, Hannity claimed that a Pentagon statement reiterating the military's longtime policy against proselytizing was proof of Obama's "war on religious liberty." Starnes added that Christians were "under significant attack" by the Obama administration, under which "we have seen a Christian cleansing of the United States military."
As many of you remember we first talked about this claim when Palin sent out her tweet on Wednesday demanding the the President address this paranoid overreaction. (Yeah like he has the time, of desire, to respond to every paranoid overreaction experience by this lunatic.)
At that time I did not know if this Pentagon statement even existed for sure, since hte Breitbart article that quoted it did not cite their source. However Media Matters is much more professional and provided the actual statement, which completely refutes the claims of Fox News and Sarah Palin:
"Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization)," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, in an email.
"If a service member harasses another member on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, then the commander takes action based on the gravity of the occurrence. Likewise, when religious harassment complaints are reported, commanders take action based on the gravity of the occurrence on a case-by-case basis."
Christensen said there are no plans to single out evangelical Christians for punishment, despite claims of activists.
"The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution. The Department makes reasonable accommodations for all religions and celebrates the religious diversity of our service members," he said.
So no court martials for evangelizing and no "cleansing" of Christianity from the military.
These are obviously VERY reasonable guidelines that only serve to protect people in the military from being harassed by religious zealots while they are trying to do their jobs and serve out their military service.
The ONLY people who would see this as an attack on religion are brain damaged morons, Sarah Palin. and Fox News. Assuming there is a difference of course.