Pentagon is urged to crack down on religious proselytizing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is urging the Pentagon to court martial officers whose subordinates feel they're being proselytized.

MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein (WYN'-steen) says even a Christian bumper sticker on an officer's car or a Bible on an officer's desk can amount to "pushing this fundamentalist version of Christianity on helpless subordinates."

Weinstein and other leaders of his foundation met with top officials at the Pentagon last week.

The Rev. Ron Crews, who heads the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, agrees that faith shouldn't be forced on the lower ranks. But he says evangelical Christians believe that God wants them to share their faith with others.

He worries that making religion a forbidden topic will discriminate against evangelicals and drive them from the military.

Crews is asking for "equal time" to share his concerns with Pentagon officials.

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