…the establishment clause.
Because if you’re in a sort of religious majority, not being able to use the institutions of government to proselytize people who don’t want what you’re selling makes you a victim.
The right wingnut cult of the victim, via Representative Todd Akin (r):
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) along with Congressman Diane Black and Congressman Randy Forbes, sent a letter signed by 66 Members of Congress urging Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to investigate a pattern of hostility towards faith in the United States Air Force. The letter calls on Secretary Panetta to issue clear Department of Defense policy guidance, consistent with our Constitution, to preserve the place of religious expression in the military at large….
And, guess who else signed the letter? Yep, Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [pdf].
Representative Hartzler has a broad view that religious freedom means imposing one religious belief system on everyone else:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Many have written me opposing the #HHS mandate. I stand w religious liberty & will fight for conscience rights for all. #Fortnight4Freedom 2:34 PM – 22 Jun 12
From the Military Religious Freedom Foundation:
….All Americans have the right to worship as they see fit within the bounds of the law, but no one has the right to use the government , military, or power of the state to endorse or promote his or her religious beliefs or demand help in spreading sectarian messages. Given that, it is imperative that when military professionals take the oath to support and defend the Constitution, these democratic principles are what they are promising to protect. On September 1, 2011 the Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz sent a memorandum for all commanders, the subject was “Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion.” In this memo he states, “Leaders at all levels must balance Constitutional protections for an individuals free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and its prohibition against governmental establishment of religion”. Further “They must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.” To do so, he states, “Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartially and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline. Thus the flagrant proselytizing of subordinates by superiors, non voluntary evangelizing of members by chaplains and public prayer in official, mandatory settings, outside of voluntary worship, are at the root of what the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is fighting against….
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was founded by Mikey Weinstein, a former Air Force officer, as a reaction to the religious harassment and proselytizing he and his sons received while attending the U.S. Air Force Academy.