Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty: A two-star general has come under fire from an outside anti–religious-liberty group for speaking openly of his faith.
Chaplain Alliance Press Release: The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in the case of Obergefell v Hodges. The case involves the question of whether states are free to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and whether a state is required to recognize marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in other states.
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty: The Navy has relieved a chaplain from duty allegedly because he offered counseling on sexuality consistent with his Christian faith.
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty: Twenty-four senators and U.S. representatives have written a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh about a chaplain disciplined for giving spiritual guidance as part of a suicide prevention briefing to Army Rangers while stationed at Fort Benning.
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty: The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty commended Air Force officials Tuesday for declining to succumb to activist demands that they remove from a military website an article about Senior Master Sgt. Larry Gallo of the 433rd Airlift Wing, who spends his Christmas holidays doing medical mission work in Guatemala and Mexico.
Military Times: “The establishment clause [of the Constitution, which forbids the government from establishing an official religion or favoring one religion over another] does not require the AFRC to remove this article or to censor any references to SMSgt. Gallo’s mission trips,” Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Travis Barham said in the letter.
The Dahlonega Nugget: An Army chaplain is in hot water with his superiors after he shared spiritual advice during a suicide prevention course for soldiers at Camp Frank D. Merrill.
Christian News Network: The U.S. Army has issued a “letter of concern” to a Georgia chaplain for citing the Bible during a recent suicide prevention training session.
The U.S. Army has issued a letter of concern to one of its chaplains for “using Christian scriptures and solutions” during a suicide prevention training session with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion held on Nov. 20 at the University of North Georgia.
Congressman confronts military activist in heated exchange over ‘fundamentalist Christian monsters’ quote during religious freedom hearing
The Blaze: Sparks briefly flew Wednesday when Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a First Amendment group, appeared before a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to discuss complications and confusion surrounding religious freedom in the U.S. military.
Military Times: Neither conservative chaplains nor atheist advocates think the military is properly enforcing rules on religious expression in the ranks.
Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USA Retired, executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, will testify before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday concerning the need for strong religious protections and accommodations in the military.
Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USA Retired, executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty will testify before the House Armed Services Committee Friday concerning the need for strong religious protections and accommodations in the military.
Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s not too often that an old Beatles song solves a Constitutional question. But since Mr. Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation furiously denounced the Gideons’ time-honored practice of leaving Bibles in hotels, motels, and inns across America as violating the “Establishment Clause,” it is to the Beatles we turn for answers.
“Chaplains on Navy bases and ships aren’t illegal, and neither are Bibles in Navy lodges. Rather than surrender to the misguided demands of activists with inaccurate views of the very Constitution that our service men and women fight to preserve, the Navy should adopt a policy in keeping with the First Amendment – that donated Bibles are welcome in Navy lodging as they always have been. As the coalition letter indicates, support for such a policy has deep and undeniable roots in both American history and Supreme Court precedent. We encourage the Navy to take a strong stand in the face of this hollow threat.” -Alliance Defending Freedom Chief Solicitor Gary McCaleb
World Mag: The U.S. Navy on Friday put a hold on an order to remove Bibles from base lodging. The order came in response to complaints from the atheist Freedom from Religion Foundation. The Alliance Defending Freedom sent the Navy a letter explaining that the Constitution allows private groups like the Gideons to place Bibles, at their own expense, on government property.
AL.com: The Navy has cleared the way for Gideons Bibles to return to its lodging facilities.
The Christian Post: The U.S. Navy has reversed its decision to remove Bibles from Navy rooms, and has noted that it would be reviewing its policy. Navy Exchange Service Command officials had previously said they would be removing all religious literature, following complaints from an atheist group.
Stars and Stripes: The Navy on Thursday ordered the Bibles returned to rooms and said it is reviewing a decision by the Navy Exchange to remove them from its worldwide network of military hotels.
The Washingon Times: Bibles began disappearing from Navy lodges over the summer after complaints were made by an atheist group, but that decision has now been reversed while a policy review takes place.
WVEC (Military Times): Alliance Defending Freedom also sent a letter to the vice president and Navy Lodge program direction in Virginia Beach making its case that allowing Bibles in guest rooms is constitutional.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is commending the Navy for its decision to allow Bibles to remain in Navy lodges and guest quarters for the time being. Navy officials announced Thursday that Bibles would remain while the policy on religious materials in guest quarters is reviewed.
Christian News Network: The U.S. Navy has directed that Bibles be removed from hotel rooms on naval bases following a complaint from a prominent atheist organization, reports state.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is commending the decision by the Navy Chief of Chaplains to deny the application of Jason Heap, a candidate who wanted to be the military’s first “atheist chaplain.”
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty has sent a letter encouraging members of the Virginia legislature to vote Wednesday to override the recent veto by Gov. McAuliffe of SB 555. The bill, which passed the Senate 37–0 and the House 69–28, merely protects the sermons of chaplains to be true to their faith.
Family Research Council, Chaplain Alliance blast Air Force Academy for erasing cadet’s Bible verse | Christian Post
Christian Post: “The Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty have both issued statements condemning the actions of the Colorado Springs-based Air Force Academy. The Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition is headed by the Family Research Council and comprised of 24 groups, including The Liberty Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, and the Thomas More Law Center.”
Chaplain Alliance: “The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers–the faith groups that provide chaplains for the U.S. military–are commending Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. John Fleming, (R-La.) for their recent joint letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel regarding religious liberty protections for service members.”
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is receiving calls from concerned parents of Air Force Academy cadets about the Academy’s removal of the phrase “So help me God” from the Cadet Oath, the Officer Oath, and the Enlisted Oath in the Academy Contrails Cadet Handbook.
Paul Dodd (co-chair of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy) at Associated Baptist Press: Some are proposing something of the sort, as evident in a casual visit to the Internet sites of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, Focus on the Family and the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty. They would lock themselves and others into an ossified military chaplaincy of cultural conformity, theistic beliefs and moral absolutes.
Fox News: Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance, called the military’s behavior dishonorable. “Far from mere ‘isolated incidents,’ as the Army has dismissed previous occurrences, this latest incident demonstrates a pattern and practice of Army briefings identifying mainstream religions, such as Evangelical Christianity, Judaism, and Catholicism, as examples of ‘religious extremism’ similar to Al Qaeda, Hamas and the Ku Klux Klan,” he told me.
FRC Action Video: Lt. Gen. William Boykin, Executive Vice President, Family Research Council, Former Commander, Delta Force Chaplain Ron Crews, Executive Director, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk Jeff Mateer, General Counsel, Liberty Institute Todd Starnes, Host, Fox News and Commentary; Contributor, Fox & Friends and FoxNews.com . . .
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“Every American, including those who wear the uniform, should be allowed to exercise their God-given and constitutionally protected religious liberties regardless of whether portions of the federal government are open or closed,” said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR, Retired. “For that reason, we fully support the Archdiocese for Military Services in their call to allow contract priests to conduct religious services on military installations where no active-duty Catholic chaplains are assigned.”
Govt Watch Group Files Suit to Obtain Correspondence Between Pentagon, Anti-Christian Activist | ChristianNews.net
ChristianNews.net: Jerry Boykin of Family Research Council, Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, and attorney Kellie Fiedorek from Alliance Defending Freedom all participated in the meeting, which they characterized as “productive.” “[W]e asked that the Department of Defense move quickly to implement the religious freedom protections enacted in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act,” Boykin stated. “Given new incidents of military personnel facing career reprisals for their religious beliefs, it is vital that regulations preventing discrimination be issued by the Secretary of Defense as required by law.”
Coalition Meets With Pentagon Officials to Discuss Religious Liberty Violations in Military | ChristianNews.net
ChristianNews.net: Jerry Boykin of Family Research Council, Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, and attorney Kellie Fiedorek from Alliance Defending Freedom all participated in the meeting, which they characterized as “productive.”
Why Are 170,000 Calling On The Pentagon To Protect A Right That’s Guaranteed Under The Constitution? | The Blaze
The Blaze: Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council, retired Col. Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association and Kellie Fiedorek of Alliance Defending Freedom met with the Pentagon officials on Thursday.
Ken Klukowski at Breitbart: Now leaders from Restore Military Religious Freedom—a coalition to protect service members of faith—met with Pentagon officials. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) of the Family Research Council, Col. Ron Crews (ret.) of the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty, Kellie Fiedorek of the Alliance Defending Freedom, and nationally-known Christian talk radio host Sandy Rios took with them two petitions calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to protect religious liberty.
FRC, Coalition Leaders Meet With Senior Air Force Officials, Deliver Nearly 220,000 Petitions Calling For Religious Liberty Protections
U.S. Politics Today (PR Newswire): Yesterday, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council’s executive vice president, and other members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition (RMRF) met with senior U.S. Air Force officials at the Pentagon to discuss the escalation of religious liberty infringements not just in the U.S. Air Force but across the military. . . Boykin was joined at the meeting by Col. (Ret.) Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, and Kellie Fiedorek from Alliance Defending Freedom.
Department of Defense Classified Evangelicals, Catholics as ‘Extremists’ like Al-Qaeda, Documents Confirm
Christian Post: Alliance Defending Freedom provide slides from the Power Point presentation used by the U.S. Army Reserve in training soldiers on religious extremism.
Documents confirm DoD taught that Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, Mormons are religious ‘extremists’ like Al-qaeda
More than 1,500 pages of documents delivered to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty Monday confirm that the Department of Defense classified Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, and Mormons as religious “extremists” similar to Al-qaeda in training materials
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CALL) is commending the base commander at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska for his recent decision to repost an essay written by the base’s senior chaplain, Kenneth Reyes.
One News Now: Now Reyes’s posting has been restored following the efforts of Alliance Defending Freedom and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. Accompanying the re-posted column are comments such as “Glad to see Chaplain’s Corner is back as well as this message” and “Thanks to everyone who fought to bring back this article and to fight for our religious rights as Americans.”
Ron Crews at Townhall: Amid all the changes that have been heaped upon the U.S. military since the repeal of the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a push by a small number of people to have the military’s chaplaincy broadened to include atheist chaplains has now entered the battlefield.
he Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers representing more than 2,000 chaplains actively serving the armed forces, has contacted senior Air Forces officials asking that they refrain from viewpoint discrimination and allow chaplains to speak freely on issues of faith.
Tod Starnes at Fox News: A chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska was ordered to remove a religious column he had written titled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave all in World War II,” because it allegedly offended atheists serving on the Air Force base.
Proposed amendment to Defense Appropriations Bill protects appointments of religious chaplains | Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty
“Chaplains have to be endorsed by a recognized religious group that believes in a deity in order to offer faith-based ministry,” said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USAR retired, executive director for Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “A fringe minority is advocating for atheists to be commissioned as chaplains, but the very nature of the word ‘chaplain’ suggests that the individual possesses a belief in God and a desire to minister to spiritual needs.”
“Evangelical Groups Divided on Issue of Military Chaplains and Gay Marriage” | U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report: ut the group Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, whose members come from evangelical or orthodox Christian backgrounds, says it remains concerned – especially about the military marriage retreats that take place before or after deployment. “If they include same sex-couples in those retreats, that puts chaplains and commanders in a difficult position,” says Ron Crews, the group’s executive director. “We are proposing that commanders offer two retreats: one for same-sex couples, and one for those who hold the traditional definition of marriage.”
U.S. News and World Report: The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said Monday it planned to reach out to Christian members of the military in coming months to inform them of their “constitutionally guaranteed religious liberties.” The alliance will connect with those soldiers through its 2,400 member chaplains – which represent nearly half of the total number of chaplains in the military.
Todd Starnes at Townhall: There is a clear and present danger to religious liberty within the military, says a coalition of groups who believe the Obama Administration is pushing a secular, anti-religious culture on the nation’s armed forces.
Chaplain endorsers: DOMA decision reinforces need for conscience protection language recently passed by the House of Representatives
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers representing more than 2,000 current chaplains actively serving the armed forces, expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the definition of marriage for purposes of federal law found in the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers representing more than 2,000 current chaplains actively serving the armed forces, is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to firmly reject President Obama’s attempt to minimize the importance of religious conscience.
One News Now: Crews says the military, in effect, has a new “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that is being imposed on believers. Alliance Defending Freedom reportedly has stepped forward to help the sergeant with his legal options.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers representing more than 2,000 current chaplains actively serving the armed forces, commended senior Air Force officials Thursday for a recent meeting to discuss Air Force policies on religious liberty. The Chaplain Alliance is now asking the Defense Department to take additional action based on the meeting.
Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently held hearings on and took comments about religious freedom in the U.S. What made it a commission priority? How is religious freedom a civil-rights issue today? . . . There were also many groups and institutions that submitted comments, including the Becket Fund, the American Center for Law and Justice, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cru (perhaps better known as Campus Crusade for Christ), Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, the Bioethics Defense Fund, Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, and Kairos
Virtue Online: OL president David W. Virtue D.D. recently interviewed retired US Air Force Fighter Pilot and ACNA Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Derek Jones, about the newest diocese soon to be on the Anglican scene, the Diocese of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, a ministry of the Anglican Church in North America, and its astonishing growth . . . So, I would suggest to anyone who is inclined to give financial gifts above the tithe to Christian organizations fighting for Religious Liberty, Marriage, etc., you would be better served in giving to venerable and notable groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, Traditional Values Coalition, Beckett Fund and the Family Research Counsel to name a few. Of course, I believe the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is the current leader among all organizations in the fight for Religious Liberty in the military and could use support. I have close, and often weekly, interaction with various leaders of these groups. (
he Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers representing more than 2,000 current chaplains actively serving the armed forces, expressed both gratitude and concern Tuesday over the Air Force and a new “religious tolerance” policy.
Christian Post: A U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief describes “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism,” according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, who shared a copy of the documents with The Christian Post.
Military training materials: Catholics, evangelicals are religious ‘extremists’ | Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty together with the Archdiocese for the Military Services recently uncovered a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief that expressly identified “Evangelical Christianity” and “Catholicism” as examples of “religious extremism” like al-Qaida, Hamas, and the Klu Klux Klan.
CBN (includes video): Crews, who heads the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said DOMA limited the impact when the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy was lifted and gays were allowed to serve openly in the armed forces.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers, is expressing dismay that the Department of Defense issued a policy memorandum Monday extending benefits to “same-sex domestic partners” of military members without notifying Congress.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers, has submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of upholding the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The brief emphasizes the importance of DOMA in assuring the continuing freedom of chaplains to speak about the good of marriage between one man and one woman, as clearly taught in Scripture.
No Margin of Error for Military Chaplains Dealing with Same-Sex Couples | Ron Crews at American Thinker
Ron Crews at American Thinker: More and more, it is becoming evident that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) simply hasn’t satisfied many of those who pushed for it. As a result, any misstep or miscommunication by a military chaplain is exploited to the fullest in hopes of garnering even more benefits and privileges for military same-sex couples.
One News Now: “The military unfortunately has been yielding to a radical agenda to the point of even allowing same-sex marriage at the historic West Point Chapel,” Col. Crews laments. “But yet they are unsure, it appears, that allowing prayers at official events can be continued.” David Hacker, senior legal counsel for ADF, cites the Constitution. “The First Amendment allows public officials to acknowledge our nation’s religious heritage,” he notes. “Anti-religious groups with misguided ideas about the First Amendment should not be allowed to destroy a time-honored, perfectly constitutional American custom.”
he Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers, is calling on President Obama and senior Department of Defense leaders to honor religious liberty protections for chaplains passed by Congress despite an Obama statement that calls the protections “ill-advised.”
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an organization of chaplain endorsers, commends the National Defense Authorization Act conference committee for including language that protects the conscience of our military personnel.
December 17, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact CHAPLAIN ENDORSERS at email@example.com or c/o RON CREWS at 571-293-2427 or DOUGLAS E. LEE at 678-701-5151 Chaplains call on Congress to protect conscience of service members WASHINGTON — The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an …
he Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is encouraged by the strong stand for moral values expressed in the Republican Party platform adopted in Tampa; however, recent statements by Congressman Paul Ryan appear to be in conflict with the platform as it relates to standing for a strong national defense and maximizing troop readiness.
Christian Post: Why would anyone not want every resource available to help our military personnel? This press release is one more example of intolerance toward faith that runs counter to everything we hold dear in this nation,” Chaplain (Col.) USAR retired Ron Crews, executive director for the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. “I sincerely hope that military leaders will not bow toward this intolerance.”
Ron Crews at the Washington Times: Even more outrageous is that we have to ask Congress to protect freedom of conscience for chaplains and those who serve in the military. The fact that Congress excluded a religious freedom protection amendment (authored in partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom), to the repeal sends a clear message that our current leadership does not consider, much less respect, the constitutional implications of their actions while they bow in allegiance to the powerful and aggressive lobby of those who supported the repeal.
Baptist Press: One year after the military began allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to openly proclaim their sexuality, some conservative groups continue to call for an end to the change in policy. But their pleas are falling largely on deaf ears on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers seem content to focus on other issues.
Christian Post: The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers say it is seeking an alternative to the services provided by Christian and other faith-based chaplains in VA hospitals and hospices. The group is campaigning for more secular humanist representatives for veterans – the equivalent of chaplains for non-believers.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty expressed astonishment Friday that U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta violated Department of Defense instructions concerning the wearing of military uniforms.