North Carolina Republican Walter Jones has again introduced H.R. 268, the Military Chaplains’ Freedom Bill. It has 24 co-sponsors.
Currently military chaplains are forbidden from praying in any way they like.
“Essentially the bill says that military chaplains should be permitted to pray as they deem appropriate for the circumstance,” explains Bishop Council Nedd, who is chairman of pro-religious organization In God We Trust and a board member of the Project 21 black leadership network.
Government lawyers and atheist activists claim that a Christian chaplain cannot even mention the name of Jesus outside of a formal church service. That means any prayer recited on a battlefield before a platoon charges into battle is subjected to strict government censorship.
The bill would allow military chaplains to pray as they see fit without a government censor harassing them for invoking the name of Jesus.
Rep. Jones has advocated for chaplains’ religious freedom for some time. Far-left website The Huffington Post was complaining about H.R. 268 in January 2009, an online search found.
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