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Nunnelee Claims Obama Banned Military Service Members From Donating To Churches

Religious Right activists are trying very hard to make the case — with very little evidence — that the Obama administration is cracking down on Christians in the U.S. military.

Over the past couple of years, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) has enthusiastically gotten in on the game in order to stir baseless fears of anti-Christian persecution under President Obama.

Speaking with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on Washington Watch earlier this week, the congressman made the absurd accusation that the Obama administration is threatening service members who make donations to their churches.

After Perkins accused Obama of trying to “suppress” religious freedom in order to advance his “radical social policy,” Nunnelee said, “We have military people — ‘If you are supporting an evangelical Christian organization’ — I take that to be my church — ‘then you are subject to Uniform Code of Military Justice.’ Well that is frightening. If a soldier — a man or woman in the military—makes a contribution to their church and they’re going to be hauled in before the UCMJ, that is very serious.”

Nunnelee: DOD's Bible Decision is 'Another Example of Government Assault on Religion'

As we noted last month, the Religious Right and their allies in Congress are very angry about a decision by the Defense Department to no longer allow publication of editions of the Bible carrying the official emblems of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Now, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) has sent a letter to the Defense Department on behalf of himself and several other members of Congress demanding to know "how the decision to revoke this trademark permission was made and what the Department of Defense is doing to ensure that the religious freedom of the members of our military is preserved and protected."

This morning, Nunnelee was on "Today's Issues" with Tony Perkins where we asserted that "this is just another example of government assault on religion" while voicing his outrage over the whole thing because "to say that you can't link your service in the United States Military and the comfort that you find in the Word of God is just absurd." 

And it is absurd ... but that is not what anyone is saying, of course; the Defense Department is not telling members of the Armed Forces that they can't take comfort in the Bible, but merely that B&H Publishing no longer has permission to publish editions of the Bible that bear official military emblems. In fact, a B&H spokesman told Fox News that the company had merely "replaced the official seals with generic insignias [and the Bible] continue to sell well and provide spiritual guidance and comfort to those who serve.”

But for Nunnelee, it is proof that there is clearly an "assault on religious liberty practiced by Christians" which is designed to undermine the Bible:

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