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Chaplains Stand Up for Religious Liberty

October 17, 2017

As we’ve discussed before, the Obama Administration’s push to normalize homosexuality in the military is a distinct danger to religious liberty in the military.  And today, some of the best possible experts on the subject—retired military chaplains—are raising their voices to draw attention to this concern.

With the support of ADF, a group of 41 chaplains from all branches of the armed forces released a letter that provides a detailed explanation of how repealing the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law would censor chaplains and marginalize Christian soldiers.  Since their letter speaks for itself, I won’t elaborate further on it.  Especially when you could read three different explanations of the letter written by three of the chaplains themselves.

But I will introduce you to the signatories of these letters.  These are men who have given the bulk of their adult lives to serving the spiritual and moral needs of our armed forces.  And many of them continue to serve those needs by preparing and sending young chaplains into the military from a variety of Christian denominations.  Here’s a quick rundown of the signatories:

1)      Combined, the 41 chaplains have put in over one thousand years of service in the armed forces.  Almost every one served for at least two decades; a few almost made it to four decades.

2)      They are a high ranking group, with 2 brigadier generals, 21 colonels (or colonel-equivalents; a Navy captain is the same as a colonel in the other branches; learn more here), 14 lieutenant colonels (or LTC equivalents), and 4 lieutenant commanders (which are the equivalents of majors in the other services).

3)      The majority have served with our troops during armed conflict, ranging from the Vietnam War to the current-day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Several have earned Bronze Stars for courageous conduct during battle; a couple even earned the Purple Heart (one did so three times!).

a.)  One of them was the first chaplain wounded during the Vietnam War.
b.)  Another earned two Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism under fire.
c.)  Yet another provided critical chaplaincy support during search-and-rescue operations at the Pentagon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

4)      Almost all of the signatories have attained high levels of responsibility and service within the military.

a.)  A couple served as the leader of the armed forces’ top branch schools for chaplains (like the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School)—that is, they were responsible for training every chaplain entering the military.
b.)  Another served as Assistant Chief of Chaplains—only a step away from the highest chaplaincy position the military can offer.

When a single person with credentials like these speaks up, you listen.  And when over forty of them speak with one voice, we had all better stop and think about what they’re saying.

Before it’s too late.


If you’re a military chaplain, active or retired, and are interested in becoming involved in this issue or sign the Chaplains Letter, please contact us with your information.

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Watch as distinguished military chaplains announce opposition to overturning the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

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