Like their civilian counterparts, the religious faith of members of our Armed Forces cannot and should not be confined to a belief that is maintained only within one’s head, home, or place of worship. Yet, reports continue to surface of service personnel who are intimidated, ridiculed or otherwise discriminated against, due to their religious beliefs and practices.
Congress, over President Obama’s opposition, enacted conscience protections in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Now, eleven months later, the Department of Defense has yet to implement these policies and enforce the conscience protections for our military!
Of further concern is a growing lack of understanding for the importance of preserving the integrity (and even the continuance) of the chaplaincy.
Contact your elected federal officials to confirm their position and plans regarding conscience protections and even the Chaplaincy Corps, itself, in our nation’s military.