No Ban on Military Evangelism, Despite Conservative Fears

(UPDATED) Chaplains and politicians protest Obama’s promise to veto religious liberty amendment to military spending bill.

Update (July 11): Religion News Service reports that supporters of a religious liberty amendment are protesting the Obama Administration's promise to veto the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act if it is approved while including the amendment.

According to the White House's statement, the Administration "strongly objects" to the amendment's protection of religious speech and actions. It claims that "by limiting the discretion of commanders to address potentially problematic speech and actions within their units, this provision would have a significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment." The bill is currently worded to "accommodate the beliefs" of service members. The amendment would expand the language to mandate that, "(except) in cases of military necessity, the Armed Forces shall accommodate the beliefs, actions, and speech" of service members.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., sponsored the amendment in the House. The amendment also ...

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