Shortly after publication, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.” Incredibly, MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’s “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members.” They accuse him of violating military regulations. Only five hours after MRFF’s complaint, the essay was removed from the website and the base commander profusely apologized to the MRFF for not stopping this religious leader from sharing religious thoughts.
Here is the full text of his essay so you can decide how "bigoted" and "religious supremacist" it is:
The Air Force base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, exhibited an astonishing lack of common sense and leadership. Intimidated by a group adverse to the gospel and a Pentagon increasingly hostile to the gospel, he is the by-product of an increasingly godless culture.
Another recent example of censoring the gospel was the blocking of links to a new Christian movie ("Unstoppable") by both Facebook and YouTube. The blocks were removed only after several hundred thousand people expressed outrage. Ludicrously, Facebook blamed the block on "a mistake in their anti-spam system."
John 3:19-20 gives us insight on what's happening ....
"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed." (NIV)
As the culture sinks deeper into darkness, the more fierce its' hatred of the gospel will become, revealing the society's true nature. We need to remember that as aliens in a fallen world temporarily marred by sin and ruled by Satan, Jesus calls Christians to shine like brilliant stars in an ever-darkening world living with joy and confidence, no matter the difficult circumstances.
Lord, let our light shine.