Here’s a simple thing you need to know about the 5th Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division near Savannah, Georgia: They have an official Facebook page. It’s a military page that represents a voice of the government.
And this is what was posted on there the other day:
Love Meets Sexual Needs
The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. — 1 Corinthians 7:3
If at all possible, try to initiate sex with your husband or wife today. Do this in a way that honors what your spouse has told you (or implied to you) about what they need from you sexually. Ask God to make this enjoyable for both of you as well as a path to greater intimacy.
That was posted by Chaplain Darryl Kemp — not to Christians who requested his advice, but to the entire division’s Facebook audience. It’s not the sexual subject or the advice that’s the issue; the problem is a Christian chaplain using an official military page to spew religious rhetoric.
After being informed of the post by someone at the base, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation’s Mikey Weinstein sent a letter yesterday morning to Major General Antonio Aguto, who heads up the 3rd Infantry Division, demanding that post be taken down:
Military chaplains must confine such proselytizing videos to their own military chaplain social media outlets and NOT place them on their unit’s or commander’s FB pages or related social media outlets as such placement specifically implies command endorsement and validation of these Chaplains’ own fundamentalist Christian views which is both wholly unconstitutional and enormously destructive to their unit’s good order, morale, discipline and unit cohesion.
It worked. By yesterday afternoon, that post along with all of the Christian “Love Dare Challenge” posts were removed.
There was no apology. There’s no indication anyone was disciplined or even warned about doing something like this again. So it’s a victory, but it’s not clear if anyone involved understands what they did wrong. Which means it could happen again.
Still, the whole incident shows the power of one person speaking up, even anonymously, because he or she realizes something is wrong.