For many military men and women, faith is one the most important aspects of their service, whether in times of war or peace. It inspires them, drives them, and gives them hope. Unfortunately, service members are often told that certain parts of their faith are not allowed in the military. As religious freedom in the military comes under greater scrutiny and resistance, we are committed to defending those who defend the freedom of all Americans.
Stories from the Field
An Air Force reservist is profiled for his family’s Christmas tradition of traveling to Latin America for humanitarian outreach. The name of the organization he worked with was faith-based, drawing the ire of the usual critics who demanded the profile piece be taken down. The Air Force Reserve Command initially complied but reversed its decision and reposted the profile piece after learning that it had done nothing wrong.
A sign is put up shortly after 9/11, saying, “God bless the military, their families, and the civilians who work with them.” After standing as a source of encouragement without objection for 14 years, some Marines on base purportedly complained about the sign’s religious connotations. A letter is sent to the base commander publically demanding the sign be moved or removed.
A general officer, clearly speaking in his personal capacity, credits God for his career accomplishments. A vocal critic demanded his court-martial, calling his comments an “obvious clear and present danger to our nation’s critical national security safety,” among many personal attacks.