No faith allowed?
“Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line every day in order to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights, including the expression of our beliefs. Congress must ensure that we are protecting them as well," says Lee. Landrieu became alarmed after she heard the Young Marines program in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, could lose its federal money because there was voluntary prayer and the mention of God. According to the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League website, members must agree to "keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith" and to pledge that "I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon my God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines.” Opponents of such legislation pooh-poohed any need for special protection. "I think that Landrieu's Freedom to Pray bill is unnecessary, in that voluntary prayer is always allowed," said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Louisiana office. Meanwhile, a Pentagon faith policy adviser says the problem is that sharing the Gospel is an act of treason. Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the anti-Christian Military Religious Freedom Foundation, calls evangelicals "fundamentalist Christian monsters."