Chaplain Joe Lawhorn is one of the few Army Ranger-qualified chaplains serving in the Army. But on Thanksgiving Day, his brigade commander – Col. David Fivecoat with the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, GA – ordered Lawhorn into his office and gave him a letter warning him to be “careful to avoid any perception you are advocating one system of beliefs over another.”
Lawhorn was called onto the carpet for “using Christian scriptures and solutions” during a suicide prevention training session with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion held on November 20 at the University of North Georgia.
Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret.) is executive vice president of the Family Research Council. On Monday, he spoke on American Family Radio’s “Sandy Rios in the Morning” program.
“First of all that is absolutely a violation of Army policy,” Boykin emphasized. “But secondly, it’s a violation of his constitutional rights.”
He reported that a coalition known as Restore Military Religious Freedom has “gone to bat” for Chaplain Lawhorn.
“… We have written the Secretary of the Army [and] we have written the Commander of Fort Benning – and we’ve got petitions up on the AFA website as well as the FRC website,” said Boykin. “We are not going to let this stand without a huge challenge and we’re going to win in the end.”
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