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Petition to Protect U.S. Military Chaplainsí Right to Pray Gathers 160,000 Signatures
LifeSiteNews ^ | 23 December 2005 | Gudrun Schultz

Posted on 12/22/2005 3:29:28 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) issued a report today on efforts to protect the constitutional right of U.S. military chaplains to pray according to their faith.

160,000 people from across the United States have signed on to a national petition urging President Bush to enact an Executive Order protecting the constitutional rights of military chaplains to pray according to their faith. The petition campaign is in conjunction with efforts underway in Congress – spearheaded by Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina – urging President Bush to act.

ACLJ states that “Military chaplains play a vital role in providing comfort and spiritual support for our men and women who serve this country protecting our freedoms. It is troubling to learn that efforts are underway inside the military to censor chaplains and to prevent them from praying according to their faith. The fact is that chaplains have a constitutional right to adhere to the religious expressions of their faith and exercise them freely without censorship. For Christian chaplains to refrain from praying in the name of Jesus, as some have suggested, represents a serious disservice not only to the chaplains but to the many Christian service men and women who turn to their chaplains for comfort, inspiration, and support.”

In addition to working with members of Congress and conducting a national petition campaign in support of military prayer, ACLJ also provided the Air Force with a legal analysis of proposed guidelines, which would restrict how Air Force chaplains can pray. In its analysis, it concluded that Air Force chaplains – and all military chaplains – have a constitutional right to pray according to their faith. They recommended that the Air Force abide by legal precedent, which supports the constitutionality of faith-specific prayer for military chaplains.

In an October 25th letter, Rep. Jones requested that President Bush, as Commander and Chief, “protect by Executive Order the constitutional right of military chaplains to pray according to their faith.” Nearly 75 members of Congress have signed on to the letter sent to President Bush.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: aclj; chaplains; civilrights; military; petition; prayer
Answer me this: If chaplains can't PRAY, what are they allowed to do?

Isn't prayer a part of the job description? This is REALLY weird!!!

1 posted on 12/22/2005 3:29:28 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
In addition to working with members of Congress and conducting a national petition campaign in support of military prayer, ACLJ also provided the Air Force with a legal analysis of proposed guidelines, which would restrict how Air Force chaplains can pray.

Wait a minute, hold the phone - what exactly are these "guidelines" and who came up with them? I think this article's missing some critical pertinent information.

2 posted on 12/22/2005 3:33:33 PM PST by inquest (If you favor any legal status for illegal aliens, then do not claim to be in favor of secure borders)
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To: Aussie Dasher; SandRat

BTTT


3 posted on 12/22/2005 3:37:18 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Aussie Dasher
It's not that they aren't allowed to pray they can't pray in Jesus's name because {the powers that be } say it's not Inclusive enough and yet the Military has a chaplain for virtually every type of Religion!

Total Political Correctness infested in our Military Brass from what i hear on THIS subject anyway .

4 posted on 12/22/2005 3:38:19 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (secus acutulus exspiro ab Acheron bipes actio absol ab Acheron supplico)
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To: Aussie Dasher

wow


5 posted on 12/22/2005 3:39:08 PM PST by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The way I got the story from a radio interview of a chaplain under fire, they can't use words specific to one religion. Such as 'Jesus'. It's all got to be very p.c., nonsectarian, non-offensive...non-Christian.


6 posted on 12/22/2005 3:40:10 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: polymuser

Anti-Christian, perhaps????


7 posted on 12/22/2005 3:43:45 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
It all started with this person.

Capt Melinda Morton

She is to blame for starting this witch hunt at the Air Force Academy and whining to the New York Times about Evangelicals.

She was a chaplain herself (an ordained Lutheran minister), but she was hostile to biblical Christians the way Linda Blair was hostile to holy water.

8 posted on 12/22/2005 3:44:54 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Might Capt. Morton be from, er..let us say.. a well known Greek island (Lesbos)?


9 posted on 12/22/2005 3:46:57 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Anti-Christian, perhaps????

Well, (true) Christianity is the left's (and another's) greatest nemesis.

10 posted on 12/22/2005 3:46:59 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: SkyPilot

She's ELCA Lutheran, I believe. True Lutherans wouldn't have her.


11 posted on 12/22/2005 3:48:43 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
There is no right to p5ay in any manner you want. This type of interpretation is what let's people in Wisconsin or wherever it is be disturbed by moslem prayer callers five times a day. Rememeber that court case?

If you believe in this right, try running a prison where the indians want peyote or the rastas want gonja. Or Santaria and on and on.

The problem here is that the military occasionally does something really stupid and the president should stop it.

12 posted on 12/22/2005 3:53:19 PM PST by bigsigh
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To: SkyPilot

Wow! What a BULL DYKE...


13 posted on 12/22/2005 4:17:37 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Aussie Dasher

Sixty-one years ago this week, G.I.'s in the Ardennes Forest said a lot of prayers. I bet many of the prayers included the word "Jesus."


14 posted on 12/22/2005 4:31:54 PM PST by 04-Bravo
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To: 04-Bravo

you'd have to pretty pretty dishonest to sign such a petition. (more nuts out there than I realized)


15 posted on 12/22/2005 4:34:57 PM PST by rightofthefairway
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To: SkyPilot

She is also a lawyer. I know her quite well, and she is a [blank] - her husband is a lawyer as well. She was recalled to active duty by a female Air Force Chief of Chaplsins, another woman I happen to know. Many of suspect there was an agenda behind the whole affair!


16 posted on 12/22/2005 6:50:45 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: bigsigh
As a retired Amry chaplain, I would like for you to elaborate on your comments, if you please.

To avoid creating a generic "military" denomination, chaplains are expected to maintain and exercise the distinctives of their endorsing denominations. At the same time, they are expected to enable the religious practices of all soldiers in their command. It falls under the rubric of "provide or perform" religious support. We either "perform" according to the dictates of our endorsing organizations, or "provide" for the practises of soldiers of other traditions. To do so, ensures the "free-exercise" of religion.

Restricting chaplains to some "politically correct" practices forces us very close to that "generic military denomination" that we work so hard to avoid...and thus avoid the establishment of a generic military religion.

17 posted on 12/22/2005 7:01:03 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: LiteKeeper
She is also a lawyer. I know her quite well, and she is a [blank] - her husband is a lawyer as well.

Glad the NY Times mentioned those facts (sarcasm).

This whole charade was an attack on biblical Christianity. That's OK though, God is sovereign, and all their persecution cannot destroy His church.

18 posted on 12/22/2005 7:23:13 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: LiteKeeper
What do you want elaborated on, that there is no constitution protection for all practices of religion regardless of form or place. Or that Bush can solve this problem with 1 phone call.

Don't know why you couldn't pick this up from my first post.

19 posted on 12/22/2005 7:51:44 PM PST by bigsigh
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To: bigsigh

Sorry, I am just not sure what you are referring to


20 posted on 12/22/2005 8:03:33 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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