Last week, I shared with you some of the many wonderful victories that – thanks to your faithful prayers and support – God has granted our clients in recent weeks in several key battles for religious freedom and the sanctity of marriage. This week, I want to encourage you to renewed, intensive prayer in two areas where the battle still hangs in the balance, and where the stakes are especially high for your family’s future liberties.
Last week, the Obama administration said it “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would protect the religious freedom of men and women in the armed forces (including chaplains). Specifically, the amendment would require the Armed Forces to protect, except in cases of military necessity, “actions and speech” reflecting the “conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the member.”
The administration expressed concern that, “by limiting the discretion of commanders to address potentially problematic speech and actions within their units” – letting soldiers share their faith, for instance, or allowing chaplains to point out the Bible’s position on sexual behavior – “this provision would have a significant adverse effect” on military morale.
“Service members shouldn’t be denied the very constitutional liberties they have volunteered to defend,” says Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. “It is clear that the Obama administration opposes constitutional religious freedom for service men and women, and this is the latest example of its hostility toward religious service members.
“Antagonism toward people of faith in the military is real,” Fiedorek says, “and it is disappointing that the president is unwilling to support laws that protect and defend the basic liberty of religious freedom.”
· And, of course, you know of the heartbreaking decision last month by the Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Committee to change its longstanding membership policy and allow Scouts – who are, by definition, minors – to openly purport any “sexual orientation or preference.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, which for many years has helped defend the BSA against efforts to force such a compliance with the national homosexual political agenda, had written a letter to the Committee prior to its decision. In the letter, our attorneys outlined the moral and legal implications of surrendering on this crucial issue, pointing out that doing so would not alleviate the demands of activists nor enable the Boy Scouts to avoid legal liability for any problems likely to arise as a result of their capitulation.
“Those promoting the agenda to change what the Boy Scouts have always been won’t rest until there are no meaningful guidelines for either leaders or members,” says Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman. “With its decision, Boy Scouts of America has rejected its freedom to promote and practice the values that have served to shape our nation’s boys into leaders for the last century.”
Please pray for our fellow believers who are caught in the legal crossfire of these and many similar vital struggles for religious liberty, for our attorneys as we work diligently to defend them, and for the courage of Christians in every walk of life who are trying to stand faithfully for the enduring truth of Jesus Christ in an age increasingly, aggressively opposed to that truth.
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