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News related to the freedom of religion
04/30/13 ... The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, led by Mikey Weinstein, met with Pentagon officials and shared it view that U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be prosecuted.
05/01/13 ... The Pentagon confirmed that religious proselytization is not permitted and could result in court martial.
05/02/13 ... The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to the Pentagon statement that members of the military could be subjected to court martial for "religious proselytization." The Department of Defense began to backtrack on its position.
05/06/13 ... The Southern Baptist Convention issued a thoughtful statement on freedom of religion in the military, that summarizes some recent developments.
03/13/13 ... Read this thoughtful article by Vincent Carroll of the Denver Post, who supports civil unions but explains the importance of a religious exemption.
01/09/13 ... Some in the military are concerned that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will not only provide recognition for homosexuals in the military, but stifle all opposing views. The current administration position is that chaplains can speak out in the "religious context," meaning only in the pulpit. High officials have indicated that those who dissent from the gay rights agenda should get out of the military. Pressure has already been put on military chaplains and others. Recently, Congress protected religious views in its defense authorization bill, but it appears the President may refuse to enforce the bill.
01/04/13 ... The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act includes protections for conscience rights of military members and chaplains, designed to protect the religious liberties of military personnel who object to same-sex practices. The President signed the bill, but criticized those provisions, arguing that those freedoms were already adequately protected. http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2013/01/obamas-signing-statement-criticizes.html
11/13/12 ... Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano spoke at the University of Notre Dame and discussed the threats to religious freedom in the great democracies of the world. He identified fundamental religious liberty threats and also challenged Catholics who have allied with those opposing Church teaching.
11/15/12 ... In this article in "First Things," Matthew Hennessey argues that conservatives should borrow a tactic from the political left and frame its policy objectives in terms of human and civil rights.