Religious Freedoms in the Military

9c61d9db5ac5ec6e55af98ebf0c33196Like 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.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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