Defend America's Military Chaplains
Over 237 years ago, General George Washington petitioned the Second Continental Congress to institute the military chaplaincy for the fledgling United States Army. On 29 July 1776, Washington introduced the chaplaincy as follows:
The Hon. Continental Congress having been pleased to allow a Chaplain to each Regiment, with the pay of Thirty-three Dollars and one third pr month--The Colonels or commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains accordingly; persons of good Characters and exemplary lives--To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger--The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.
Since Washington’s order, federal courts have protected the military chaplaincy as constitutional under both the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause. To doubt the constitutionality and the rights of conscience enshrined in the military chaplaincy would be a total revocation of 237 years of mutual understanding and constitutional law.
Right now, thousands of military chaplains are under threat from new regulations that prevent them from speaking out in any way against homosexuality and other sound Biblical teaching.
Should our military chaplains be brave enough to preach or counsel one of our men and women in uniform contrary to the desires of the Defense Department, the new regulations repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” can ultimately ruin the careers of these military chaplains, up to and including dishonorable discharge -- all because our chaplains refuse to compromise their consciences!
So serious and dire is this threat that over 18 Christian denominations have reached out to Congress and urged them to reverse the Defense Department’s course. Some denominations such as the Catholic Military Archdiocese have threatened to remove all of their military chaplains, should Obama refuse to backtrack on his violations of our religious freedoms.
The threat is real, and the media isn’t talking about it.
Can I count on you to help send a message to your member of Congress asking them to support -- or better still, co-sponsor -- HR 3828 today?
I am counting on you to be our voice with your friends and supporters. Forward this to as many people as you can, and encourage them to do the same. If America does not rise up as one voice against this unprecedented assault on General Washington’s military chaplaincy… who else will?