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  • Military Chaplains Sue After Being Ordered Not to Quote Bible, Pray in Jesus’ Name

    11/10/2013 8:50:16 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 35 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | November 10, 2013 | Heather Clark
    SAN DIEGO – Two California chaplains have filed suit against the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), alleging that they had been forced out of a training and placement program because of their Christian faith. Chaplains Major Steven Furtko and Lieutenant Corporal Dan Klender state that they were repeatedly harassed and threatened while enrolled in the San Diego Clinical Pastoral Education Center program last fall and winter. The men claim that their instructor/supervisor, Nancy Dietsch hassled them throughout their time at the center over their Biblical beliefs. Furtko and Klender outline that they were informed during the...
  • Hagel questioned about Defense Department's treatment of Christians in military

    04/11/2013 6:44:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/11/13 | Alex Pappas
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found himself being peppered with questions about his department’s attitude toward Christianity and religious freedom in the military during testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill. Under questioning during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Hagel was asked by Rep. Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican, about a number of reported stories of concern to Christians and religious freedom advocates. Forbes asked Hagel about an order issued that commanders can no longer inform their command of approved programs in the chaplain’s office.
  • Lifting Obama’s gag order on military chaplains

    10/07/2012 5:46:06 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 5, 2012 | Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. Roger Wicker
    Our Founding Fathers spoke much about the importance of “freedom of conscience” and its underpinning of all other freedoms. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson said, “We are bound, you, I, and every one to make common cause even with error itself, to maintain the common right of freedom of conscience.” Recent decisions by the Obama administration and Pentagon leaders threaten this common right, and their assault on freedom of conscience raises new and serious concerns — especially for our servicemen and women. Our armed services were created with an apolitical framework, and this unique platform has helped maintain Americans’ trust and...
  • Army Chaplains Stopped From Reading Bishop’s Letter

    02/09/2012 4:21:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    Constitution: The Air Force removes a reference to God from its logo as the Army forbids Catholic chaplains from reading an archbishop's letter to those in uniform. What's next, the crosses at Arlington National Cemetery? 'It is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle," read the letter from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services to the Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military. The letter that the Army's Office of the Chief of Chaplains kept from being read to...
  • Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About HHS/ObamaAssault on Religion

    02/06/2012 10:03:45 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 3, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Military Chaplains are being forbidden from reading the letter from the bishops protesting the HHS mandate. If they do, they are considered seditious. ht Gateway. The emerging conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration may have a new front: in the U.S. military itself. The Catholic Church is fighting mad about an HHS ruling that would have them buy insurance for things they consider sinful–contraception, sterilization and abortion. All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church “cannot-and will not-comply with this unjust law.” Even Archbishop Timothy...
  • Navy chaplains' discrimination claim buttressed by statistical analysis

    08/24/2011 4:27:20 PM PDT · by wmfights · 68 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 24, 2011 | Ken Walker
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The attorney for 65 chaplains -- including 16 Southern Baptists -- who claim the U.S. Navy discriminates against evangelicals believes a new statistical analysis buttresses their legal efforts, which have been in court for 12 years. Virginia attorney Arthur Schulcz says the statistical analysis shows that past promotion boards awarded favorable treatment to members from the Naval chief of chaplains' denomination, regardless of who holds the office. His clients are objecting to the chief of chaplains or his deputy sitting as president of Chaplain Corps promotion boards, which select candidates for lieutenant commander, commander, captain and rear...
  • Atheists Seek a Place Among Military Chaplains

    04/27/2011 12:34:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 04/27/2011 | James Dao
    In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But an atheist? Strange as it sounds, groups representing atheists and secular humanists are pushing for the appointment of one of their own to the chaplaincy, hoping to give voice to what they say is a large — and largely underground — population of nonbelievers in the military.
  • The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Its Potential Impact on Religious Liberty

    12/20/2010 12:01:42 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 15 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 12/20/2010 | Shane Vander Hart
    One issue that hasn’t been adequately addressed in the media is how the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will impact the religious liberty of military chaplains (as well as soldiers) who believe that homosexuality is sinful? One glossed over result from the Pentagon study summary was this concern:
  • House bill would remove limits on military prayer

    05/09/2006 6:42:33 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10 May 2006 | Amy Fagan
    Tucked into a massive defense authorization bill that the House will vote on this week is a provision aimed at giving military chaplains more freedom to pray as they see fit. The language was crafted by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, California Republican, and Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, and is part of the defense bill approved by Mr. Hunter's panel last week. Mr. Jones and others have long complained that some military chaplains feel restricted in how they can pray and have been encouraged, in some instances, not to pray in Jesus' name. Mr. Hunter...