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April 5, 2012 Print

Chaplains Detail Hostilities Since DADT Repeal

by Karla Dial

When the Obama administration was discussing how to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy concerning homosexuals in the military, chaplains warned against it, forecasting a scenario in which those espousing biblical views of sexuality would be persecuted.

Six months later, their concerns have become documented realities.

In a letter to the House Armed Services Committee, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty urges Congress to pass HR 3828, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act. Noting that “the chaplain is the only constitutionally required post in our armed forces,” the 17 signers detail six instances in which the DADT repeal has caused problems on military posts — including two of chaplains being punished for their biblical views on sexuality.

The letter also details an incident of sexual harassment at a military academy, in which a man seeking a relationship with another male service member was reported for sexual harrassment, but no disciplinary action was taken.

“The ideals that drive chaplains to serve are worthy of preservation and protection, not persecution,” the letter states. “At this stage, the persecution is beginning; the antidote is the protection of H.R. 3828.”

Read HR 3828.

Read the letter from the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty to the House Armed Services Committee.



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