Military Chaplains Losing Freedoms
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Although the U.S. Military fight and die to uphold freedom, high-level military chaplains report they are increasingly being denied freedom of conscience and freedom of speech. There is also alarm about the negative effects on troop morale over the undoing of the 237-years’ practice of providing traditional religious support for U.S. soldiers.
“We were promised that we would see no change – very little change,” says Col. Ron Crews, alluding to a two-star officer’s assurance that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal would not impede the ministry of military chaplains. That promise, he says, has not been kept.
Panelists at the National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington D.C. on May 24 agreed that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and other policies have made it difficult, if not a punishable offense, for military chaplains to read passages of Leviticus, pray aloud in the name of God at a soldier’s funeral, or preside over traditional services.
See the LifeSiteNews report on alarming developments in the US military since just before and after the Obama administration’s repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The full report is available here www.lifesitenews.com/news/get-in-line-or-resign-admiral-tells-military-chaplain.
- IRD: On Memorial Day Stand with U.S. Military Chaplains in Defense of Religious Liberty (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- Military Chaplains’ Religious Liberty Again At Stake (catholicglasses.com)
- Lawmaker: war on religious belief in the military exists- White House opposes religious liberty amendment for military chaplains (radio.foxnews.com)
- Protection of chaplains introduced as amendment to defense authorization bill (humanevents.com)