Opinion: Christian Soldiers Discriminated Against in U.S. Military

October 6, 2003

Source: The Miami Herald


On October 6, 2003 The Miami Herald ran an opinion piece by Michelle Malkin in which she argued that Christian soliders are discriminated against in the U.S. Military, which shows preferential treatment for Muslims. She writes, "There's something terribly wrong when an American soldier overseas can't receive Scriptures in the mail, but a Muslim chaplain can preach freely among al Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants at Guantánamo Bay. This is a story of two soldiers -- one Christian, one Muslim. It suggests how religious double standards and politically driven hypersensitivity threaten not only our troops, but us all. Six months ago, Jack Moody tried to send his son, Daniel, a care package containing Christian religious materials. Daniel, 21, is an Army National Guardsman serving in the Middle East. The post office in the family's hometown of Lenoir, N.C., said that Moody would not be allowed to send the items. According to USPS regulations, no one can send 'any matter containing religious materials contrary to Islamic faith or depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or non-authorized political materials.' The policy was initiated during Gulf War I...Islamist Fifth Columnists are benefiting from the very guarantees of religious freedom being denied to devout Christian soldiers such as Daniel Moody who are risking their lives for the war on terror overseas. This dangerous deference to radical Islam -- rooted in a cowardly fear of offending -- is a threat not only to our soldiers' constitutionally protected rights but to our national security as well."