By sifilings Jan 22 2014 U.S. MilitaryReligious ExpressionReligious LibertyPentagon to relax rules on personal religious wear — including beards, turbans 956 reads There are 2 Comments Some interesting stats Jim - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:06am According to Defense Department statistics, which are based solely on self-reporting, there are only a handful of Sikh Americans in the military (about 3). There are nearly 3,700 Muslims, nearly 6,300 Buddhists, and more than 1,500 Wiccans. Twitter Jim's Doctrinal Statement Yes, I thought that was interesting Jim... Dave Gilbert - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 11:10am " There are nearly 3,700 Muslims, nearly 6,300 Buddhists, and more than 1,500 Wiccans. " From what I can see, the United States military is fast becoming hostile to any mention of Christ, but accommodating idolaters and others who practice and elevate sinful lifestyles is equally fast becoming the norm. For various reasons, I would not serve in Uncle Sam's Navy if given the same chance I had at 20 years old. IMO: The U.S. military will eventually fall apart, as a reflection of a nation that is rapidly falling apart. Increased immorality and wickedness only serve to act as a thermometer of the heart attitudes and abandonment, of even lip service, of the one true God of the Bible, and I look for the day when anyone who even identifies with Christ is rejected for military service, just on "principle". It will be a reversal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( which had not been enacted yet when I joined..."homosexuals" were rejected for service based on the perceived effect it would have on morale ), only for Christians. We've already seen in the news articles about prominent political figures vilifying anyone who even espouses the principles of God's word: Governor Cuomo of New York's comments about the "Tea Party" and other conservative types not being welcome in that state, as well as Sergeant Monk's problems in the face of a lesbian commander. I believe that for every incident or example of intolerance towards a believer ( or anyone else who names the name of Christ, such as a Roman Catholic ) that comes to light in the media outlets, that there are probably 100 that do not. Then there's the real question...Why would anyone who belongs to Christ even consider serving a country that does not serve or love Him? I, for one, was not in a spiritual state of mind when I enlisted some 27 years ago. As for other believers: True, Cornelius was a Roman soldier, as were and are countless others who may have come to Christ ( or been very spiritually immature when joining, like I was ) while in military service. But I think as a true believer grows, they will eventually see that they are not of this world and like Abraham, they seek another ( country ), a city prepared for us by God ( Hebrews 11:13-16 ). Once again, I reiterate my feelings above...given the chance to go back, I would not dream of serving in the United States military. It's a 10 year piece of the life God has given me that is gone, was wasted ( at least with regard to obeying and walking with the Lord ) and can never be lived again. Knowing what I know now, that is only one of the things I would not have done. Back to the subject: At the end of the day, I feel that anything the Pentagon does will probably not result in a better military...only a more compromised, immoral and ineffective fighting force that would fall apart in the face of an enemy, without the superior technology that is enjoyed today. Dave.