Help Protect the Religious Freedom of Our Military!

By Richard Land
Dec 11, 2012

Dear Friends:

We need your help to protect the religious freedom of the brave men and women serving in our military. Please take a few minutes today to contact your two senators and urge them to cosponsor the Military Religious Freedom Act (S. 3526).

S. 3526, introduced by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and James Inhofe (R-OK), would do two important things: protect chaplains from being coerced to violate their consciences to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies and prohibit such ceremonies from being performed on military installations.

Following the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2011, the Pentagon authorized same-sex “marriage” ceremonies on military installations and gave chaplains the green light to perform them. That controversial authorization triggered, predictably, an escalating battle concerning religious freedom and homosexuality. We now need to protect chaplains and service members from being pressured to set aside their religious convictions in the face of the normalization of homosexuality in the military.

The House of Representatives has already passed complementary legislation to S. 3526. The men and women in all ranks of our armed forces—including in the chaplaincy—need your voice today to prompt the Senate likewise to protect the most sacred and basic freedoms.

Please join us in this effort by contacting your senators today and urging them to cosponsor S. 3526, the Military Religious Freedom Act. You can reach them through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or send them an email here.

Thank you for taking time to make your voice heard!

In His Service,

Dr. Richard Land
President
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Southern Baptist Convention

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The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.

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