By Tony Perkins
The Navy may have managed to silence one Christian, but it will have a tough time silencing 101,215! That’s how many signed on to FRC’s campaign to reinstate Chaplain Wes Modder — a 19-year veteran who was fired for offering the biblical guidance he was hired for!
Today, armed with tens of thousands of your signatures, I met with officials in the Navy’s Chief of Chaplains office at the Pentagon and expressed our frustration that the Navy wasn’t upholding the Defense Department’s own law on religious liberty. In the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, FRC and members of Congress fought for tougher language that guarded against the very discrimination Modder experienced. But instead of adopting those new standards, Captain J.R. Fahs ignored them — threatening the distinguished career of a man with a sterling record.
Although Defense officials couldn’t speak on the specifics of Modder’s case, it was an important opportunity to remind the DOD about the importance of protecting men and women of faith in the military. With more than 800 chaplains in the Navy, officials recognize how critical religious liberty is and assured us that they will do everything they can to uphold it. While the Obama administration tries to hold the First Amendment hostage, FRC delivered — not just petitions — but a message to that we will not back down from defending the religious liberty of our brave men and women in uniform. Thank you to all of you who stand with us on behalf of Chaplain Modder and took the time to sign the petition to the Secretaries of the Navy and Defense!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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