Stand with Army Chaplain disciplined for Christian views on marriage!
One of America’s core characteristics is freedom of religion. Since our founding, our nation has been committed to safeguarding and protecting the ability of all Americans to worship and honor God in the way that they see fit. At many points in our history, we have supported the rights of fringe religious groups to practice their religions because our nation has always been committed to that first freedom of religious expression.
However, today, more and more Americans of faith are seeing their religious liberty chipped away at. In 21st century American, being a person who is committed to upholding what the Bible teaches can be a reason for an employer to fire you or a city council to fine you.
But now, tragically, even the United States military is cracking down on Christian chaplains for simply following what the Bible teaches. As the Army Times Reports, “Earlier this year, Army Maj. Scott Squires was serving as a chaplain at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There, he told a soldier he was unable to conduct a marriage retreat that included the soldier and the soldier’s same-sex partner due to his church’s restrictions.” As a result, he was investigated and recommended for “career ending” discipline.
Please sign this petition to the Army on behalf of Chaplain Squires and all Army chaplains asking the Army not to exclude faithful Christian chaplains from service!
Chaplain Squires is endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board and thus is expected and required to follow the teachings of the Southern Baptist Convention (which align with the Bible). The North American Mission Board does not recognize same-sex marriage (because according to the Bible it does not exist) and prohibits chaplains from endorsing or encouraging same-sex relationships.
According to the Southern Baptist Convention, "NAMB-endorsed chaplains will not conduct or attend a wedding ceremony for any same-sex couple, bless such a union or perform counseling in support of such a union, assist or support paid contractors or volunteers leading same-sex relational events, nor offer any kind of relationship training or retreat, on or off a military installation, that would give the appearance of accepting the homosexual lifestyle or sexual wrongdoing.”
As a result of this policy (which again is biblically based), some are arguing that Southern Baptists should not be allowed to serve as Army chaplains.
Mike Berry, an attorney at First Liberty Institute who is representing Chaplain Squires comments, “If their chaplains were no longer welcome because of their religious beliefs, that would be a clear violation of the Constitution. And then what happens to all the other endorsing agencies that hold similar views? That would be the Roman Catholics, Muslims, and many others. Are they also disqualified now? It would virtually eliminate the Chaplain Corps.”
The role of the chaplaincy in our military cannot be understated. During military service, our brave fighting forces are faced with some of the most difficult situations any individual can face. During these immensely trying times many soldiers rightly turn to faith in God –and fortunately, there has always been a trusted chaplaincy to guide them.
Tragically, it seems that there are many working to force faith out of the military. This cannot be allowed to stand. Please join in petitioning the Army not to exclude people of deep religious conviction.
Sign this petition now!
Don’t ban Southern Baptists from the chaplaincy