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Apr 27, 2018

Two active duty chaplains prayed at an event held to honor outgoing congressman Randy Forbes. An activist group insisted that the Department of Defense investigate the matter thoroughly, review the content of the prayers offered by these chaplains, and discipline the chaplains for participating in what it called a, “fundamentalist Christian supremacy event.” Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


The group known as the Chaplain’s Alliance for Religious Liberty recently gathered to honor outgoing congressman Randy Forbes. At least two, active duty chaplains prayed at the event attended by multiple members of congress. 

Now, you need to understand that the Chaplain’s Alliance is a coalition of chaplain endorsers, meaning it is a group of those religious leaders who represent religious organizations that credential our military’s chaplains. 

Evidently, the prayers of the active-duty chaplains at the event didn’t sit well with one activist group who insisted that the Department of Defense investigate the matter thoroughly, review the content of the prayers offered by these chaplains, and discipline the chaplains for participating in what it called a, “fundamentalist Christian supremacy event.”

The Air Force didinvestigate and found that the prayers offered by the Chaplains did not violate any military regulation.  Chaplains have long been a part of our military.  In addition to caring for our servicemembers, part of their official duties include offering prayer at public events and, importantly, interacting with chaplain endorsers.

Chaplains are protected by military regulation and the Constitution.  A chaplain’s religious liberty includes the freedom to pray according to the specific religious tradition of their endorsing religious organization.  No one—not even our military—has the authority to unlawfully suppress the religious beliefs of an American citizen.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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