Army Chaplain Punished for, Well, for Being an Army Chaplain

Barb Wire

(1 min Audio Report – Faith2Action)


An Army Chaplain punished for sharing his faith in suicide prevention class.

Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn shared his personal struggle with depression and provided soldiers with both Army and biblical resources for suicide prevention.

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In an official “Letter of Concern” by Col. David Fivecoat, Chaplain Lawhorn was reprimanded for “a biblical approach to handling depression.”

Michael Berry, an attorney with Liberty Institute, said, “Not only is it lawful for a chaplain to talk about matters of faith and spirituality and religion in a suicide prevention training class – but the Army policy encourages discussion of matters of faith and spiritual wellness…The fact that one person in the class was offended changes nothing.”

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Janet Porter
Janet (Folger) Porter is President and Founder of Faith2Action, the nation’s largest network of pro-family groups. Janet authored the first Heartbeat Bill to legally protect unborn babies with detectible heartbeats which inspired Arkansas and North Dakota's Heartbeat Laws--the most protective pro-life laws in the nation. She has authored five books including: The Criminalization of Christianity and hosts a daily radio commentary heard in more than 300 markets. You can follow her on Twitter @Faith2Action.

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