Religion and the Military

Army Orders Removal of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign

An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording "On a mission for both God and country.” Military Religious Freedom Foundation photo

An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher-ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording "On a mission for both God and country." The order went out Friday to a recruiting station in Phoenix that had been displaying the outdoor sign since at least October. The sign board also shows an image of a Special Forces patch and Ra... more

North Carolina City Removes Statue of Soldier Kneeling Before Cross

Until a few days ago, a war memorial in a public park in North Carolina included a metal sculpture depicting a soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross. But city officials voted to remove the sculpture to settle a lawsuit claiming the artwork promoted Christianity. King, a small city of about 6,000 people 15 miles north of Winston-Salem, dedic... more

Rivals in Military Religious Freedom Dispute Say Rule Is Unclear

Bible in hand, a chaplain for the Mississippi Army National Guard, conducts chapel service in the field. Andy Thaggard/U.S. Army

WASHINGTON -- Faith in Jesus might not be your solution, an Army Ranger chaplain told members of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in a mandatory suicide prevention briefing last month, but that's what helped him through his struggle with depression. The presentation prompted a sharply worded letter from the chaplain's commander and rekindled a... more

The Would-Be Chaplain Who Doesn't Believe in God

Jason Heap, who submitted paperwork in June to become the Navy's first humanist chaplain (Courtesy of Military Association)

WASHINGTON -- Jason Heap wants to be a Navy chaplain. But he doesn't believe in God. Belief in a higher power, the 38-year-old humanist argues, has nothing to do with that work. "I am aware there are many who would be reticent or militant against that," he said. "But at the end of the day, my job is not to inculcate my viewpoints onto other pe... more

Activists Mount New Campaign for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON -- Christian activists are pledging to mount a new campaign to protect religious freedom in the military, saying they’re seeing growing evidence of an anti-faith bent among military and administration leaders. “We get calls all the time telling us how bad it is to be a religious person in the military,” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Bo... more

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