Anti-Christian activist Mickey Weinstein, with whom Obama administration officials have met in order to formulate policy in this area, calls the expression of personal religious convictions "spiritual rape," and says that those who exercise their First Amendment right to religious expression are "enemies of the Constitution."
Being willing to "make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you," but to do it with "gentleness and respect," is specifically commanded in 1 Peter 3:14-16. It is a religious duty for Christians, and therefore as clearly protected by the First Amendment as is the right of others to decline to be engaged on the subject. But here we have yet another example of radical secularists and Leftists deciding that the Constitution is unconstitutional. It appears that steps could theoretically be taken against Christian members of the military even if the conversation was initiated by someone else.
Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, vice-president of the Family Research Council, thinks the issue may be a matter of confused categories. "It’s a matter of what do they mean by 'proselytizing,' Boykin said. "I think they’ve got their defintions a little confused.
"If you’re talking about coercion that’s one thing, but if you’re talking about the free exercise of our faith as individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially for the chaplains, they I think the worst thing we can do is stop the ability for a soldier to be able to exercise his faith.”
The FRC is a conservative Christian organization that is currently circulating a petition asking Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reconsider the policy.