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Military bans troops from being honored by vacation Bible school

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In yet another nod to someone’s skewed idea of the First Amendment and political correctness, a Missouri National Guard armory was forced to decline an invitation to be honored by a local Baptist church youth group.

Under the theme, “God’s Rescue Squad,” the vacation Bible school of the Bible Baptist Church in Carthage, MO., planned to honor those who serve, with a different group scheduled for each day of the week, according to Fox News.

Local paramedics appeared on Monday, the fire department on Tuesday followed by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit on Wednesday.

But Thursday was a different matter. According to Fox:

That was the day when the church was supposed to honor the National Guard. They had invited troops from the nearby armory to drop by with one of their Humvees.

“We were going to thank them for protecting our religious liberty,” Pastor Kent Hogan told Fox. “It was more of a promotion for the military – to show the kids what the military does.”

But the troops were a no-show. The church got a message instead.

“We were told it was against military policy for National Guard troops to participate in Vacation Bible School,” Hogan said. “They said if the National Guard had assets on church property, it would look like the National Guard is sponsoring the Baptist religion.”

Carthage is located in southwest Missouri, where most everyone is instilled with a strong sense of patriotism, and that love of America is carried over into Church life. The teens at the youth camp begin every morning pledging their allegiance to the flag and singing the national anthem.

In addition, as Fox News reported:

Patriotic holidays are big doings at Bible Baptist. On Memorial Day, the church ladies put out quite a spread – fried chicken, potato salad. Veterans would wear their uniforms and the preacher would salute them during the morning worship service.

Honoring the military was merely an extension of their love and pride of country.

The pastor then appealed to his state representative, Mike Kelly, a Republican, who in turn contacted the adjunct general of the Missouri National Guard.

“They told me that federal policy prohibits them from doing anything with any specific church,” Kelley said. “The guys on the state level did everything they could. I have great respect for our local Missouri National Guard. But we are dealing with an over-burdensome federal regulation.”

A few Guardsmen agreed to talk to Fox News under the promise of anonymity.

“I can tell you I’m ashamed and embarrassed right now,” one Guardsman told Fox. ‘This isn’t the military I signed up for.”

Others said they were disappointed.

“We had a lot of disappointed kiddos because of the National Guard being unwilling to allow a Humvee and a few soldiers to spend an hour at a Baptist Church,” another Guardsman told Fox. “It makes we wonder what I’m actually fighting for.”

But all in all, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin probably said it best. She tweeted:

Our military is in place to protect all our rights — including our religious freedom. It’s only right and proper that any religious organization — no matter what its denomination — be given the opportunity to express its thanks for a job well done. It makes both sides feel proud.

Michael Dorstewitz is a recovering Michigan trial lawyer and former research vessel deck officer. He has written extensively for BizPac Review.

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  • J.e. Dyer

    Thanks for finding this, Michael. What an appalling development.

    • Shane

      No doubt that Obama is behind this. Obama and the libs just hate Christianity, but they never have a bad word to say about Islam, the Religion of War.

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey_Britain

    “I can tell you I’m ashamed and embarrassed right now,” one Guardsman told Fox. ‘This isn’t the military I signed up for.” Others said they were disappointed. another Guardsman told Fox. “It makes we wonder what I’m actually fighting for.”

    That right there is the entire point and goal of this Marxist administration. Get god-fearing, patriotic Americans out of the military and fill it up with liberal/leftists. Liberal/leftist soldiers will do whatever their leftist masters tell them to do, that way there will be no issue with following illegitimate orders.

    • chuckfanned

      I’ve been growing curious about the “pink slips” that have been going out to active military personnel. I heard that there were many officers that received them and not just enlisted men. Could it be that they are filtering out, at the command level, men who would remain patriotic to the Constitution if it really came down to that. I don’t trust these people who are currently in the White House and not just Obama. He is surrounded by some real anti American weirdos.

      • carolchristine

        Everyone in this country should be truly disturbed by what is going on in our country and does not make the local news.

      • Shane

        I think anyone who had the guts to speak out against Obama has been fired already.

      • bb

        Geoffrey Britain / chuckfanned,
        At the end of WW 2 Hawaii looked like it might sink there was so much war material stored up for the invasion of Japan. Fortunately, most of it became unnecessary as Japan capitulated. A land invasion of the home islands was not necessary. A lot of the material that was stored on Hawaii was simply dumped into the Ocean. There were 12,000.000 men and women in the armed forces at the end of ww2. They downsized to a smaller force. When Korea came around the armed forces went up to around 3,000,000 men and women. They downsized again after that. I remember on one particular joyous day in sunny southeast Asia, I heard that there were 500,000 Army troops in South Vietnam alone. I do not know about the other branches. After I returned to Fort Bragg, they started letting draftees out at 18 months. Later, after they stopped the draft, they let them all go. I joined and re enlisted twice. I saw many enlisted soldiers wearing fatigue shirts with marks where Captains bars had been. This was a direct result of what they called reduction in force. During the war, if you could fog a mirror, you were 1A. With no war, they got nit picky. Same now, the war is over, no need for all the troops.

        Best Regards, and Semper Fi and Good Night Chesty Puller Where Ever You Are.

      • SFCUSARMYRET

        Chuckfanned, my buddies and I saw the writing on the wall when sections of the Obama care bill were sent to us revealing the how and why’s of the dismissals.

        When all is said and done. ONLY the CIC will be able to make appointments to Officers. You can rule out ANY NCO’s going maverick. As a matter of fact, they want to completely do away with most of the NCO positions altogether! They said they see no need for NCO’s when Officers can run things. I’m calling bull#*&t on that one!!! NCO’s do most of the training to and for cadets/future officers. Even after commissioning, the PSG (platoon sergeant) gets his newbie (butter bar). If the NCO has a set of balls, he sits the nice new officer down and explains how it is all supposed to work. That if the officer wants to learn and lead and become a real officer, learn from the people that have been there, done that!

        I have broken a few of my butter bars in my time and had to DX them. The ones that held true, listened and learned are commanding their own companies and battalions now! Unfortunately, they will be on Obobo’s hit list because they give half a crap about their troops and they won’t go against America. What Obobo doesn’t realize is that for all his new trainee’s, enlisted and officer alike, NOTHING beats an experienced vet!!! Even though we may not be “in” anymore, it doesn’t mean we forget our oath’s and allegiances to our country.

        Veterans are a very underestimated force. Under taken care of. Under perceived. and generally put aside like yesterdays trash. As we have all seen at the VA. I mean, all these illegals are getting preferential treatment over veterans! What does that tell you!? In a couple of years they will all be voters and in uniform to protect the new USSA! Heil Obama

    • skipsart

      it will be a pretty small and ineffectual army indeed.

    • Boiling

      …and we know how liberals are when it comes to being defended by a weapon…they’ll just lay their arms down in battle.

  • walsall

    I’m an atheist but I would’ve attended something like this back in my day.

    This part right here won me over:
    “the church ladies put out quite a spread – fried chicken, potato salad..”

    Here’s the thing: old church ladies can cook! Lawdamercy, can they! As a kid I was forced into many a religious gathering, and the food made it more than tolerable! You can shovel whatever religious nonsense you want to at me as long as its capped off with fried chicken, potato salad, and sweet potato pie!

    I bet they had RC Cola too! And real Coke, not the Diet kind. And sweet tea made with enough sugar to bring down a horse. God don’t really love ya till you got the diabetes!

  • Bobby

    next time just leave the Humvee at the Armory

    • LarryFrom10EC

      I wonder if they could take the kids to the armory?

  • Rhonda Renee Albrecht

    Really stupid, since the National Guard units are under the direct control of each state’s Governor, not the feds.

    • technicallysane

      Exactly. All the states have to do is tell the feds to go take a flying leap because they are not going to dance to the fed’s tune. I’m appalled at how state governments more often than not cater to the federal government as if the Tenth Amendment didn’t exist.

      • LarryFrom10EC

        The Tenth Amendment was sold in 1964, when he Federal government offered money for schools and the states didn’t say “no thanks”, or if necessary, “shove it”.

    • elaine1leach

      Except when the President thinks he is a king!!

    • skyjalopy

      Unfortunately all State Guards were Nationalized (put under federal jurisdiction) decades ago. A state governor can use the Guard for State Emergencies, but the POTUS has the power to take control without the Governors assent. That’s why it’s called the National Guard and no longer the “State” Guard. ie Idaho Guard, Oregon Guard.
      They are called the Idaho National Guard, Texas National Guard.
      All 50 states caved to this in 1964.

      • afchief

        I would like to see the law that states the Guard is no longer under State control.

  • dsinchrg

    Unfortunately this is the result of millions of Christians sitting on there duff instead getting out and voting, we have allowed evil to take up residence in the WH and many other places in government. We are buying the lies and propaganda of the anti-Christ. Where else would the AC arise from except the fallen once God loving country, first it happened to Israel, the blessing where passed to the US now the US has turned its back on God, blessing of success and freedom and gone. “Harbingers”

    • keepyourpower

      Amen!

  • Bob Fiorito

    Religious Freedom is attacked by Obama across the nation. This so called Christian President, Who claimed he was Christian and denied He was Muslim has attack Christianity from the start. In Obama Care He lied to the Bishops, and the Little Sisters of the poor, Hobby Lobby won their case on Religious Freedom and Obama spins it as a contraception issue and an attack on women. When the HELL is the American People going to wake up.

    • carolchristine

      You are absolutely right. He thinks we are all a bunch of idiots and don’t have a clue to what he is doing to our country.

  • JYuma

    Wonder who the person was that can up with that? Maybe if they could be found and had t explained to them that it was a very stupid IDEA. that it should Never happen again. Also that it just maybe safer for them to move to some other country .

  • daddy warbucks

    I guess the governor is not in charge of national guard troops anymore in his or her state.

    • jillocity

      that’s the scary part

  • krdave

    It still amazes me that so many Christian citizens can’t, or won’t, see thru all that is going on to promote the destruction of Christianity. All the Churches are even going along with the plan. It is just pitiful. They are the front row type people and they just accept it all as if it was OK.

  • keepyourpower

    Those Guardsmen could have shown up in civies…and told the children about their military jobs. It COULD have been done. People just do not think things out, anymore! But, the old lie about separation of church, and state needs to be extinguished, with the truth…to the military!

  • BGills

    We have become slaves to “Political Correctness,” but there’s nothing political, or even vaguely correct about the intrusions we currently experience regarding our patriotism, freedom of speech, or the right to freely practice our religions within the confines of the Law. The belief in American exceptionalism is spit upon by those who would have us believe government is the answer to all our problems, if only we would surrender our antiquated beliefs, and the God given Rights acknowledged by The U.S. Constitution.
    When a very small minority is able to dictate to the rest of us what’s “fair,” or “Politically Correct,” we have already lost the will, and determination, to think for ourselves.
    Instead of celebrating the common ground that has always united the people of this country, there are those determined to use our differences to justify their quest to divide us as a nation. Unity of voice is the greatest threat to an agenda based on a divide, and conquer strategy, and when we gather together to celebrate, or even acknowledge American exceptionalism, you will find those who eagerly point to our difference in an effort to divide.

  • Randy131

    Six years ago this would never have happened, but now we see what Obama’s and the Democrats promised ‘CHANGE’ to the USA and it’s people really is. Over the last few years many of my friends have asked if I think Obama may be the Anti-Christ, for which I tell them that he is fulfilling many of the prophecies about the Anti-Christ, but there are still more that need to be fulfilled before anyone could know for sure, but Jesus told us that we can tell a tree by the fruit it bears, and during the last six years Obama and the Democrats have bore a lot of rotten fruit. Jesus also told us that during the ‘End Times’, even the elect will be fooled, which makes me feel sorry for many Democrats who claim to be Christians, which makes me wonder what is the huge difference that makes them choose to be Democrats instead of Republicans or Independents, for many Democrats switched to the Republican Party during the election of Ronald Reagan, yet Jimmy Carter didn’t put them through what Obama and his minions have to todays Democrats. During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, that nominated Obama to run for his second term as President, the Democrats on the floor three consecutive times, by a voice vote, voted to keep GOD out of their National Platform on national TV coverage. Jesus also said that those who recognized Him, He would recognize to His Father in Heaven, which now apparently does not include Democrats any longer. I would suggest that all people who have questions about the Democratic Party being the Party of Satan, go and see the movie, ‘Heaven is for Real’, where the little boy confirms what all the apparition sites, of Jesus and His Blessed Mother Mary, around the world in the 1990s, proclaimed to the people that GOD says that abortion is the worst sin in the world today, because it is the killing of His innocent children that He gave a soul to in their mother’s womb. Add to this what GOD tells us about homosexuality in the Bible in Leviticus: Ch.18 Vs.22 & Ch.20 Vs.13, that despite this the Democrats promote homosexuality to our children in our public schools, as they also do abortion. The promised ‘CHANGE’ by Obama and the Democrats have put human compassion above GOD’s teachings, precepts, and laws, and is the reason the Democrats now disobey GOD concerning these subjects. The Democratic Party’s leadership denies GOD through their actions and votes, and promotes what GOD considers sin, for all their followers and members. Do you live your Christian faith, or are you a member of the Democratic Party and part of Obama’s promised ‘CHANGE’ for the USA and it’s people. GOD gave us all a ‘Free Will’ to decide for yourself, choose wisely for the benefit of your soul, for every time you vote for a Democrat, you vote for what the Democratic Party stands for, whether you deny it or not, you empower what the Obama and the Democrats are perpetrating on the American people and all Christians.

  • Faithful American

    THIS is absolutely RIDICULOUS! Can you SEE what Obama has DONE to our MILITARY since our MUSLIM President became COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of our MILITARY??!!
    FIRST of all the STATE NATIONAL GUARDS should be under the GOVERNORS, and NOT under the US MILITARY and Obama our UNPATRIOTIC President that I NEVER voted for in EITHER election and warned OTHERS to NOT vote for, after GOD warned he was a very DANGEROUS man who would DESTROY America and our IDEALS!

    • carolchristine

      Why has there been no out cry over the guard situation? If he plans to leave office in 2016 why is he going to so much trouble to form the military to his liking?

  • Faithful American

    Obama is doing EVERY thing he can to LOWER the MORALE of our MILTARY forces!

    • LarryFrom10EC

      Has anybody else noticed that the idea of granting citizenship to illegals for serving in the military while native born citizens are being forced out of the military is occurring at the same time that border patrol agents say scores of Mexican and Central American gang members are streaming across the border with the “children”. Also, while muslim prayer rugs and books and magazines in Arabic are being found at the border?

  • Ddenney1

    You have to ask your self why did Oblammer force the top military out and replace them with his guys and why all of the “leading with his head up his behind” guys have allow the whole world to ROFLTAO at the U.S.A. now?? VOTE CONSERVATIVE NOW!!!

    • LarryFrom10EC

      Vote conservative and buy a Tokarev. They can be had for under $200.00 and will penetrate a bullet resistant vest, just in case a bunch of soldiers with MS- 13 tattoos come after your guns

  • truthseeker53

    ANYTHING the Fed’s got anything to do with is screwed!

  • UpLateAgain

    The officer (in the end… it is one officer that makes the final decision) that banned this is a moron. If he’s a four star general… he’s a four star moron! At worst, he should have said federal law prohibits them from having military equipment on church property, and allowed a small contingent of Guardsmen to show up and accept the honors for the unit. By this moron’s reasoning, Obama, as the Commander in Chief, CANNOT go into a church.

    • Oleo Ranch

      He already DOESN’T go to church. Maybe now he will use that as his excuse.

    • carolchristine

      He is not a Christian. Period !! He has gone into mosques many times. He was born a Muslim by birth. He is automatically a Muslim if his father was and from what I have read his father was a Muslim.

  • DollyT

    Another Governor abdicating States Rights to the Federal Government. That is a dereliction of duty on his part.

  • elaine1leach

    America has definitely gone off the deep end!!! God, please have mercy on Your people. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

  • Nonameever

    Military bans troops from being honored by vacation Bible school and while burning all excess Bibles on the base, treats every troop to personal renditions of Islam.

  • Bev

    I hope all the black Christians that voted for obummer just because he was black are happy with the country that they are leaving for the next generation. How can anyone be a Christian and vote demorat!!??

  • ConservativeSenior

    Obama’s nazis are everywhere. We need a serious purge in our governments: federal, state and local.

    • carolchristine

      Absolutely.!!

    • Soldier’s Grandma

      My question is who do we BOMBARD with letters/emails of complaint?! Whomever decided to ban church kids needs to be publically EMBARRASSED! What happened to “One nation under God”?

  • william russell

    Hey all what is the usa coming to when you read stories about military personnel. Obama and liberal progressive democrats will do everything they can to kill the military, make sure kids do not see or hear about them, so they can control their thoughts and feelings. This kind of thing happens over and over again all over the usa and getting worse. If you all want to return the usa back to what it was than get off your butt in novermber and vote. I hope you can get a chance to read this before yahoo eliminates my posting. Since i am anti obama and democrat all my postings are being eliminate, that is the society we have. Honest, thoughtful, free talking americans can not say what the feel and think any more in the usa.

    • carolchristine

      Yes. Yahoo would not print something I had said also.

  • kktex12

    adjunct general lied his read end off. He is just protecting his pay grade from harassment from above his pay grade.

  • jasKir5984

    This situation is a bully way of stopping their participation. They can withhold equipment displays. However, unless the individual Guard Member is on Federal Active Duty, AGR, etc., they can participate as individuals. Someone at NGB made a bad call on this issue. James J. Kirksey, CSM, Retired, AL ARNG

  • Patriot38

    This is what we can expect from a Communist controlled government. If you read Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” which is where BO Plenty gets his ideas and plans, you will learn why they do these things. Basically, it stirs up the masses, and that is what a community agitator does. They must get rid of religion, guns, and those who think for themselves in order to carry out their plans for Agenda 21. Rules for Radicals is actually a very good book, although it was written for those who plan to organize to overthrow the government, and the principles laid down in it could be used to overthrow the Communist agitators just as well. Anyway, if you read it you will be much better prepared to take on these a$$holes and defeat them. They have successfully divided the country and disorganized it, now it is time to do just what the Unions have done to industry and select just one single basic goal to get the country back, stay fast focused on it, and ORGANIZE THE PATRIOTS to accomplish it! The method is in the book! Until we do this, we are on the hind tit, and that’s not a good place to be. That includes the GOP and the TEA group as well! Think about it now, and next November, then get out and vote these anti-American toads off of their plush lily pads. We shouldn’t have such a thing as a “Career Politician,” and we never should have had any in the first place! Just my opinion, of course, but I think it would surprise one to find out how many of similar opinions are out there.

    • carolchristine

      The only problem is massive voter fraud. They have that almost down to a science now.

  • Dave the Retired Marine MSgt

    A postcard to “Our Dear Leader” ☭omrade NØbama. Now then, what else could be more appropriate?

    • The HoG

      Right on!

      Semper Fi!

    • carolchristine

      Amen to that.

  • Ranger20

    It’ not the Army I retired from in 81—Thank the Lord I am out.

  • Skydog1

    This is insane and an affront to all America. Palin said it best “Military March in Gay Pride Parade but Banned from Kids’ Vacation Bible School. Good Lord, what next?…”

  • Frank W Brown

    A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!

    If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but

    not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might

    live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or

    to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might

    live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a

    check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not

    to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that

    was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from

    owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty

    F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but

    not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make

    you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is

    run by idiots.

    If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a

    wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman

    in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head

    searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but

    is run by idiots.

    If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions

    of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his

    teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class

    in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation

    that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more

    government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with

    Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free

    cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses

    but is run by idiots.

    If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to

    provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment

    checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was

    diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation

    that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest

    big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a

    wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government

    forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself

    makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a

    nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government ‘cracks down’ on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for ‘the safety of its citizens’ and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    What a country!

    How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

    This was borrowed from another blog, please spread it far and wide!

  • John W Tobin

    This is what happens when State Militias are turned into “national guard” which become an arm of the federal governments standing army. THIS is what the Founding Fathers warned us about over to hundred years ago. THIS is the reason for the Second Amendment.

    ”When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain,
    the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, – who was governor of
    Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way
    to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and
    let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.”
    George Mason (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 14
    June 1778) Reference: The Debates of the Several State…Elliot, vol. 3 (380)

  • skipsart

    This has got to stop !

  • William 1

    NG commander needs to be fired! This is State militia not federal!

  • Red

    It ain’t gonna get any better until we get rid of this anti Christian Idiot muslin.

  • Leo2Leo

    Do it anyway! MUTINY is what this country needs. Stand up for our
    Constitution don’t just follow like a bunch of sheep. MUTINY for what
    is right.

  • jimdarnall

    Another step towards a major problem coming in this country. People are going to get real tired of this bias against freedom, Christianity, Liberty and the America as it was meant to be. I find it totally disgusting that our leaders at the Pentagon are turning their backs on Christian values that have always been a mainstay at the Pentagon. I am telling you this is going to come back on them eventually.

  • capers2

    I’ll bet if the Satanic Church of the Antichrist had an event and requested the National Guard to be the guests of honor, the Admin would ensure someone from the Guard was there with bells on…