Is the US military a “hostile work environment” for Christians? And…the pastor of a megachurch invites a “friendly atheist” to join him at the pulpit Show Notes

Thursday, July 18, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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A US congressman is concerned that the armed forces have become “a hostile work environment” for people of faith. 

In response, Louisiana Republican John Fleming has introduced an amendment that would protect religious expression in the military. 

Congressman Fleming says his amendment is needed because chaplains feel restricted in how they can pray and preach, and officers are being warned to avoid open displays of their faith. 

The White House says it “strongly objects” to the amendment, saying it could adversely affect military morale and discipline. 

But at a news conference Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert says the military's perceived hostility toward religion risks driving away people of faith. 

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin added that young Americans who take their faith seriously may be deterred from joining the military.

And here’s an interesting twist on a Sunday sermon. Hemant Mehta, known as the “friendly atheist,” was a special guest at a Texas megachurch last week. 

Oak Hills Church in San Antonio is known as the home of author and speaker Max Lucado. 

The church’s executive pastor, Randy Frazee took part in a conversation with Mr. Mehta over four services in front of about 8-thousand congregants. 

Pastor Frazee believes some of the deep questions Metha wrestled with are the same question many Christians are struggling with.

He told the congregation “if your home, or this church, is a place where we don't allow that to happen, we're going to lose our kids.”

By the way, if you’d like to become more confident in expressing your faith to atheists and agnostics, I’d recommend the book “Ten Answers for Atheists,” by apologist Alex McFarland.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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