Shut Up, Christian Soldier
There`s something terribly
wrong when an American soldier overseas can`t receive
Scriptures in the mail, but a Muslim chaplain can preach
freely among al Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants at
This is a story of two
soldiers, one Christian, one Muslim. It`s a cautionary
tale that suggests how religious double standards and
politically-driven hypersensitivity threaten not
only our troops, but us all.
Five months ago, Jack
Moody tried to send his son, Daniel, a CARE package
containing a Bible study and other Christian religious
materials. Daniel is a 21-year-old Army National
Guardsman serving in the Middle East. He had written
home requesting spiritual support while he risked his
life abroad. The literature
his dad packed included Christian comic books.
But when Daniel`s dad approached the post office in
the family`s hometown of Lenoir, North Carolina, he was
told he would not be allowed to send the items.
According to U.S.P.S. postal bulletin PB22097,
section E2, Moody was
forbidden from sending "any matter containing
religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith or
depicting seminude persons, pornographic or sexual
items, or non-authorized political materials."
The postal clerk informed Moody that the Christian
contents of the package might be considered offensive to
some Muslims overseas. The
policy was initiated during the first Gulf War.
“My son is in the
military, and he`s overseas fighting to free this
country from tyranny, and to protect our rights and our
freedoms, and here our government has a rule on the
books that`s limited his freedom. I just couldn`t
believe it,” Moody
told the Voice of America news service.
Even more unbelievable was the apathetic reaction of
Moody`s elected representatives. According to
John Whitehead of the
Rutherford Institute, a staunch defender of
religious liberty, Sen. Elizabeth Dole`s staff
brushed Moody off. So did Dan Gurley, GOP Congressman
Cass Ballenger`s chief of staff. According to Moody,
Ballenger refused to get involved, insisting that the
matter should be left to
And there`s where Moody`s case—which is included in
the devastating new book
Persecution, best-selling author David
Limbaugh`s searing indictment of anti-Christian
intolerance—remains today. The Rutherford Institute
filed suit against the U.S. Postmaster General in
defense of Moody`s rights to freedom of speech, free
exercise of religion, and equal protection under the
law. The group`s motion for summary judgment is pending.
“The First Amendment
prohibits our government from
establishing a religion by favoring one over
another. By stating that no material can be mailed if it
is contrary to the Islamic religion, the U.S. Post
Office has clearly shown
deference to Islam above all other religions—and
this definitely violates our Constitution.”
Contrast Daniel Moody`s
treatment with that of Capt. James Yee. The Muslim
convert, who studied in terror-sponsoring Syria and
attended an Islamic cultural center run by the
terror-friendly Saudi government, was given free rein by
the U.S. Army to administer to the souls of al Qaeda and
Taliban enemies at
Yee brought the detainees
prayer beads and religious books, facilitated prayer
services, and assisted them with Muslim food
preparation. And he received lavish,
fawning profiles in the “diversity-”
obsessed mainstream press.
Now he has been charged
with sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and
failure to obey a general order. Treason charges may be
added. Yee exploited our bent-over-backwards solicitude
towards Muslims in the military by allegedly using his
access to smuggle out diagrams of the detainees` cells
and lists of the names of the detainees and their
Islamist Fifth Columnists are benefiting from the
very guarantees of religious freedom being denied to
devout Christian soldiers such as Daniel Moody who are
risking their lives for the War on Terror overseas.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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