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Protecting troops’ religious freedom: LCMS calls for clear DoD guidance

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  1. Avatar Kelley says:

    Great job Craig! This country was founded on religious freedom and people left England because of religious persecution. History is repeating itself. This is America and freedom of religion and speech is for ALL people and it is being trampled on and we shouldn’t be forced to feel that we can only speak in public on what a leader or jury says we can or can’t speak on or we take away or foundation to freedom except for certain groups. If we do then we will become those countries we read about in history about persecution of freedoms.

  2. Avatar Tim Z. says:

    As a retired CMSGT of the USAF (35 years), I have watched with disgust the deterioration of Christian Military Service members regilious freedoms, for the sake of “inclusion”. Being a lifelong devout member of the LCMS, my Faith is strengthened, and I am proud to be one of the long-lineage of those called the “Old German Lutherans”. Before I took the oath that went with wearing my uniform, I made a promise before God not to surrender one Article in the Book of Concord. “Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

  3. Avatar Robert Bjornstad says:

    Question: when an individual joins a branch of the military, does he or she not promise to uphold the Constitution of the United States? And, if so, is an individual given the option to answer Yes; “with qualifications”?

    1. Avatar LCMS Church Information Center says:

      You are absolutely correct that when we take our oath as a military member we swear or affirm that we will support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and we take the oath under the assumption that those who defend freedom also get to exercise the freedoms explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution. This is precisely why we wrote the letter to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. One of the most fundamental freedoms and liberties in our Constitution is that we have free exercise of religion. The Department of Defense needs to respect the constitutionally protected freedoms of medical doctors and all medical personnel (military and civilian) who do not want to be forced to participate in medical procedures that violate their faith. Neither should our military men and women be forced to compromise their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs on human sexuality by forcing them to celebrate and/or condone the LGBT lifestyle. One of the important roles of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed forces is to defend and maintain religious liberty and freedom of expression and conscience that the constitution guarantees our chaplains and those whom they serve. We pray that the United States of America continues to be a nation where all chaplains, and every military person whom they serve, may continue to freely exercise their God-given and constitutionally protected religious liberty without fear of reprisal.