Pentagon urged to defend chaplains, allow videos

Friday, May 15, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

soldier with Bible 2An urgent letter has been sent to the Secretary of Defense expressing concern over recent incidents of religious discrimination against service members.

The letter, written and signed by three religious liberty organizations, is responding to an attack from anti-Christian activist Mike Weinstein, who demanded that military chaplains stop posting encouraging videos that were produced to help service members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Liberty Institute, The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, and The Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition collectively sent Defense Secretary Mike Esper the letter urging him to defend the chaplains.

Mike Berry of First Liberty Institute says chapel services have been closed due to the virus, and chaplains were posting their videos to carry out their constitutionally-protected duties.

“Which is to provide for the free exercise of religion for our service members,” he says.

But the U.S. Army quickly caved to Weinstein’s demands and removed the videos.

“We are hopeful,” says Ron Crews of Chaplain Alliance, “that these chaplains will be defended and encouraged to do what they’re doing.”

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