Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Speaking terms

Military | What happens to free speech in a regulatory era?
by Joel Belz
Posted 5/17/13, 01:00 am

Not sure what all the fuss is about. All this ruckus, I mean, in the military where our wonderful folks in uniform are being told they’re not going to be allowed to evangelize their colleagues. Or sometimes, if parties to the debate aren’t quite sure what the word “evangelize” means, we’ll use the term “proselytize” instead. Nobody seems sure which of the two is worse.

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Casualties of war

Military | Alarming suicide rates among combat veterans prompt action in the military and in ministries
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 5/17/13, 01:00 am

He’s threatening to kill himself, and I don’t know what to do. …”

Don Lipstein heard those words from his daughter-in-law on the phone as he left work on March 15, 2011. They didn’t ring true.

Joshua, Lipstein’s son, was finishing his Navy career in Norfolk, Va. His wife lived in Texas where they planned soon to start a new life. Don Lipstein worked in Pennsylvania. Maybe his daughter-in-law wasn’t reading the situation right, Lipstein thought. He called his son.

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Religious battle lines

Military | Controversy erupts over a Pentagon meeting concerning Christians being able share their faith within the military
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 5/02/13, 05:45 pm

WASHINGTON—After a dizzying few days of statements and counterstatements, religious liberty advocates are worried that a recent meeting between military officials and an anti-Christian group may threaten the freedom of religious expression within the U.S. armed forces.

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