Comment: I think your brain hit the floor first

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I think your brain hit the floor first

They are not "purging Christians". And, they are not prohibiting free expression.

They are rightfully restricting behavior when upper-eschelon officers and NCO's use their position of leadership and authority over other members to push their religious views as part of official (read: "on duty") business. Off-duty they have free reign.

And, they are also trying to limit the amount of "Crusade" talk. Many a mission in Iraq and Afghanistan were done to bring Jesus to the evil Muslims. There have been cases of infantry officers telling their troops to kill the Muslims because they don't know Jesus. It is also a way to de-humanize the enemy, make them spiritual cast-offs. It happens every day in the military. They are trying to put a cap on that.

It was also a systemic issue in the academies for decades of captive audiences.

Have you ever been in the military? Half the time is like being in a cage with Baptist preachers and no door to exit.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain