Chaplain group grateful Navy has 'righted the ship'

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

soldier with Bible 2A group dedicated to preserving the religious freedom of military chaplains is pleased that the Navy has reversed a policy the group says was clearly a "blatant attack" on religious liberty.

On Sunday, Navy personnel were able to go off base and attend church – something they had not been able to the previous week without disobeying orders. Last week the Navy rescinded an order imposed on June 24 which took away their right to attend civilian worship services with their families. But thanks to the efforts of institutions like First Liberty Institute and American Family Association, the Navy lifted the restriction.

Col. Ron Crews (USA-Ret.) served as an Army chaplain for 28 years and now serves as executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

Crews

"We are very pleased that the under-secretary [of the Navy] stepped in to say that the policy that this one admiral had issued was wrong and needed to be corrected, [and to say] that there is no reason why Navy personnel and their families cannot attend church off base," he tells OneNewsNow.

"We are grateful that senior leadership of the Navy stepped in and said this is wrong – and they have righted the ship."

Crews shares that what made the admiral's church attendance ban so egregious was that it did not restrict sailors from attending other off-base gatherings.

"That's the reason I called this an unlawful order," he continues, "because it allowed Navy personnel to participate in street demonstrations and to go to other facilities and other events – it seems like [they could do] everything but go to church."

It's for that reason, Crews concludes, he called the ban "a blatant attack on religious liberty."

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