Free Speech for Chaplains


The following is a article I read this morning at the Amercian Center for Liberty and Justice.


This morning I was on the phone with Congressman Trent Franks from Arizona. We talked about the concern that has been surrounding the inability of military chaplains to pray according to the dictates of their conscience. Christian military chaplains have been denied the right to pray in Jesus’ name for fear of retribution and even discipline by military officials. The President has been sent a request from a number of members of Congress for an Executive Order to protect our military chaplains. We are aggressively working on this issue.

Under the guise of free speech, the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was given access to Columbia University and national media in the United States. Military sources have already indicated that Iran has supplied weapons that have been used against our soldiers. While President Ahmadinejad is given First Amendment protection, chaplains are not. At the very same time Congressman Franks informed us that currently pending before the United States House of Representatives is a bill which would give those held captive in Guantanamo Bay increased access to courts, including the ability to subpoena our soldiers who would be compelled to leave the battlefield in order to participate in trials. Some are calling the enemy’s actions here “the engagement of lawfare.” This means that terrorists are utilizing the legal system in order to harm our national security interests. Congressman Franks said that the proposals by some liberal members of Congress constitute a terrorist bill of rights.

While Ahmadinejad from Iran is given First Amendment protection, and while some in Congress attempt to give increased legal protection to terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, we must remain vigilant in demanding an Executive Order to protect our military chaplains. Please click here to add your name of support to the thousands who are standing with our military.



Once again it is a demonic attack against our liberties and rights as Christians. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and wickedness in high places…”. When the gay rights movement marches and speaks out for its rights tough it be offensive to many they are protected by their constitutional right of free speech. When the Muslim prays five times a day and practices their faith publicly though it be offensive to some they are protected by freedom of religion. That is what this country is about freedom for all men to practice their faith, to be gauranteed life, liberty and justice. My question; is freedom of speech only intended for the immoral? Is freedom of religion only intended for anti-christian faiths and movements? Does not this same constitution cover Christians? Wasn’t this constitution written by Christians? How can it be that a Christian soldier who fiighting for our very freedoms and rights be denied the right to have a chaplain pray in the name of Jesus? How can the military expect a Christian soldier to step into the line of fire and not give him the honor of having a chaplain praying in the Name in which he trust? It is a double standard, die for your country, fight for your brothers, stand for the beliefs of your nation but just don’t do it in the name of Jesus. What a slap in the face, what a double standard, what a sick demonic attack on our God given liberties. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Let freedom reign” I say let freedom reign for every soul that breaths the breath of life , let freedom reign for every Christain and chaplain that prays in that Name that is above every other Name the Name of Jesus.

“Saying, We strictly charged you not to teach in this name: and behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:28-29 ESV

God Bless,

Link to ACLJ 


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