Commentary: Stop Discriminating Against Christians
By Mike Huckabee www.MikeHuckabee.com
The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan for the shooting at Fort Hood got back underway, after the judge ruled that he could continue to act as his own attorney, and his back-up legal team was not allowed to quit. So after four years and $5 million in expenses to taxpayers, the trial is finally proceeding again. Hasan has already admitted to the shooting, which killed 13 people and an unborn child and injured 32 more. Since the shooting in 2009, thanks to the government’s refusal to brand him a terrorist or enemy combatant, his victims have been denied purple hearts or combat medical benefits, while Hasan has continued to draw his Army salary from the taxpayers, now totaling just under $300,000. Taxpayers provide him with medical care, legal assistance, and extraordinary security. He’s allowed to pray, read the Koran, eat Halal food and even grow a beard, which is in violation of the military code. But it’s more important to be sensitive to his Muslim beliefs.
Meanwhile, honorable Christian soldiers, sailors and airmen are told to put away their Bibles, and remove any Christian references from their personal Facebook pages. Chaplains are ordered not to pray in the name of Jesus, and even to take down signs that quote President Eisenhower’s saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” Because that might be offensive to atheists. It would appear that if some in the military had their way, there would be no Christians or Jews in foxholes, because they’d be systematically drummed out of the military. Look, I think we should accommodate people who adhere to Islam, Hinduism or Judaism, and who serve in the military. The First Amendment is all about the freedom to believe, worship, express, even disagree. But why are Christians in the armed services singled out for discrimination?
When I visited Gitmo a few years ago, I was taken aback by the incredible accommodations we made for the Muslim detainees. That included three fresh, hot Halal meals a day at a cost of about $14 a day. The brave service people who guarded them got cold sandwiches and one hot meal a day, at a cost of about 4 bucks. I was outraged that terrorist detainees were given better food than the soldiers who guarded them.
Today, Nidal Hasan sits in a courtroom, wearing the same uniform as the soldiers he murdered. His uniform is marked by a flag that he no longer respects. He’s renounced the US military in favor of what he calls his “brothers” in the Taliban. But we go to great lengths to make sure we don’t offend his sensitivities. I want to know when we’re going to respect the sensitivities of service men and women who were murdered or wounded by that monster? When are we going to have some respect or accommodation for those who are Christian or Jewish? Look, I’m glad we find racism repulsive. We ought to stop discrimination whether it’s because of someone’s religion, ethnicity, race or beliefs. But it ought to apply to everyone, including Christians. Not everyone BUT Christians.