(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.
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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