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2,000 Evangelical, Orthodox Chaplains Join Catholics in Opposing Pentagon Directive on SSM
CNS ^ | October 5, 2011 | Pete Winn

Posted on 10/06/2011 1:11:36 PM PDT by NYer


Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. (AP Photo.)

( – A national group representing more than 2,000 military chaplains from evangelical Christian and Orthodox backgrounds said on Wednesday that the Pentagon has launched a “direct assault” on marriage, and the chaplains they endorse will not be allowed to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies under any circumstances.

Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the newly formed Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said his 2,000-plus membership is concerned about a Sept. 30 Pentagon memorandum that authorizes chaplains and military chapel facilities to be used for “any private ceremony,” a move that contradicts current federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“By dishonestly sanctioning the use of federal facilities for ‘marriage counterfeits’ that federal law and the vast majority of Americans have rejected, the Pentagon has launched a direct assault on the fundamental unit of society – husband and wife,” Crews said.

Crews further said his Evangelical membership is in accord with the Catholic Archdiocese for Military Service, headed by Archbishop Timothy Broglio, which said on Tuesday that no Catholic chaplain in the military will be allowed to perform same-sex “marriages” and that same-sex weddings would not be allowed in the Catholic chapel on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

DADT repeal, Obama signs DADT

President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at the Interior Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

“While the memorandum acknowledges a chaplain’s right to not participate in same-sex ‘marriage’ ceremonies – a right not given by the Pentagon, but rather given by the Creator and protected by the chaplain’s faith group,” said Crews, “the new policy makes it clear that the Pentagon has placed the military in the midst of a deeply controversial issue during a time of ongoing war.”

Crews also said his group is calling on Congress to affirm that the federal definition of marriage – one man and one woman for federal purposes -- applies to the Department of Defense and that no federal facilities may be used to circumvent federal law.

“In addition, we call on Congress to enact a ‘Right of Conscience’ clause in the Revised Title 10 code to ensure that no American, and especially not our service members, be forced to deny their religious beliefs,” Crews said.

Crews is a former Army chaplain, who served with the 82 Airborne and with other divisions for 28 years.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catholic; deathofthemilitary; doaskdotell; evangelical; homonaziagenda; homonazityranny; homopsychoagenda; homosexual; homosexualagenda; marriage; military; moralabsolutes; naturallaw; orthodox; pentagon; religiousfreedom; religiousliberty; religiouspersecution; ssm

1 posted on 10/06/2011 1:11:44 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 10/06/2011 1:12:35 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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3 posted on 10/06/2011 1:14:48 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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This is a clear example of government mandating that Americans accept an unnatural lifestyle as being natural.

Isn’t this against the First Amendment?

4 posted on 10/06/2011 1:17:53 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: NYer

Democrat presidents apparently love to overstep their limited authority to advance the cause of swishy men in uniform.

“DADT” - x42 encourages homosexual soldiers to break federal regulations and policies and criminal UCMJ statutes (and to be dishonest and deceitful in the process). He also orders commanders to turn a blind eye to it.

IDOMA (”Ignore DOMA”) - 0bama orders commanders and soldiers to break the federal DOMA statute.

5 posted on 10/06/2011 2:08:00 PM PDT by Notwithstanding
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It is against the fundamental Philosophy of the Constitution and our Legal system based on Natural Law Theory. Natural Rights come from God—It is from the philosophy of Natural Law Theory.

Marxist government is unconstitutionally redefining man and woman (to the Marxist meaning of “there is no biological difference” which is a biological lie) and redefining the Black’s Legal definition of marriage to twist it into an impossible concept (that people can be married because they like to stick body parts in stupid places—how about two brothers being married—they can’t “create”).....that redefinition is unconstitutional because it isn’t “Right Reason according to Nature” which is the basis of all law in the US.

They are using weird “science” to redefine human beings in the Communist Manifesto’s “hierarchy of gender”. The US has a standard for their jurisprudence and it contains the concept of Supra-Positive Law (God’s laws are “higher” than man’s—like Hitler’s). Standards of Right and Wrong (there is Objective Truth in American Jurisprudence) is set by GOD, NOT Barney Frank.

Logic and Reason has always been part of U.S. law....that is what they are destroying with “homosexual marriage” along with scientific knowledge.

It is right out of the book of destroy the meaning of biological connection and the natural family. It is take down and destroy Western Civilization. DADT destroys the character and morality of our troops....George Washington kicked out the homosexuals-—he knew that the rotten apple spoils the whole barrel. Forcing people to acknowledge that people who practice homosexual acts “moral” is unconscionable and a direct slam at the Judeo-Christian Bible and against the 1st Amendment.

6 posted on 10/06/2011 2:33:11 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: Notwithstanding
He's trying to set up a court case that will pit the oath to the military against the right to freedom of religion. Either way that case goes, it's bad for the military and good for Moozlims in this country.

If the court holds that the military oath is superior in all cases, even if someone cannot be ordered to violate Federal law, then that's leverage to make it impossible to refuse to allow Moozlims to enlist no matter what the nature of the threat we face. The argument would be that their military oath was superior to their Moozlim faith commandments

If it that argument fails and freedom of religion is held to be superior to the military oath, then any serving Moozlim soldiers can cause all sorts of trouble over not getting to pray five times a day, what meals are served, separate quarters away from infidels and queers, etc, and so on into eternity rendering entire units combat ineffective whenever they chose to begin such antics.

When you hand control to a gang of thugs who think that keeping someone in court is every bit as good as winning in court, you're are asking for trouble. Particularly when the head thug thinks he's the smartest guy on earth and is well versed in the art of using disruption.


Now, having voiced that opinion I'll think about whether that sort of case makes any sense or not.


7 posted on 10/06/2011 3:47:09 PM PDT by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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This is good news!

8 posted on 10/06/2011 4:37:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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9 posted on 10/06/2011 4:37:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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10 posted on 10/06/2011 10:30:03 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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Good for these chaplains! May their courage inspire many other people.

11 posted on 10/07/2011 2:49:49 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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good for them , hopefully this is the start of people speaking up and taking our country back.

12 posted on 10/07/2011 2:57:45 PM PDT by manc (Beckett08 an anti war Answer troll who had to re-register. don't feed the troll, they'll send PM's)
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