Shields of Strength (SoS), a faith-based seller of military-themed products, is taking the Department of Defense to court after it told the Texas-based company to stop printing scripture on its dog tags.
Attorneys with First Liberty Institute filed the lawsuit on Dec. 14, calling the Pentagon’s move “arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion.” It also states that the military is violating the First Amendment’s right to religious liberty.
“This lawsuit may set precedence to protect against First Amendment restrictions for Christians serving in Uniform and to protect Christian owned businesses against unfair Trademark practices by the federal government,” reads a statement on the SoS website.
CBN News previously reported that SoS owner Kenny Vaughn has been making dog tags for 20 years. He says they have been a blessing to countless military men and women.
“Soldiers and Marines love having God’s word around their necks … it encourages them and strengthens them for their fight,” Vaughan said.
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