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LCMS defends religious
freedom for military members

Source: http://www.lcms.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=12162018&trid=a41fac29-8897-4953-9027-533964c00351

It is critical during Veterans Day that we pause to remember all those who have selflessly volunteered to serve our nation in the military. We are grateful and give thanks to God for each and every one who answered the call to serve and defend our nation as a member of the military.

No American, especially those who wear the uniform, should be denied their religious freedom or be forced to go against their conscience.

The LCMS awaits a reply from the Department of Defense (DoD) after sending a request to the Secretary of Defense Sept. 8 to ensure specific protections for chaplains, service members, medical personnel, DoD civilians and other DoD-affiliated employees in response to DoD’s recently mandated LGBT Pride Month and its new policies for transgender service members which among other things advocate in-service gender transitions while serving in the military.

Our request calls for specific protections for expressing personal religious beliefs to be codified in DoD and service-specific guidance. As of this Veterans Day, it remains unclear if DoD officials will respond.

Read the request >> See the Letter in full below...

Current DoD and service-specific policies and guidance for religious protections do not provide sufficient protections, as they allow for implementation of a wide range of subjective religious restrictions based on what a local commander deems as contrary to “good order and discipline.”

Earlier this year, the Synod in convention adopted Resolution 2-04, which reaffirms LCMS military chaplains’ rights of free exercise of religion in the face of LGBT inclusion in the armed forces, and Resolution 14-01 to encourage intentional leadership in matters of religious freedom.

The men and women in uniform serving on the front lines to defend our nation should not be penalized for exercising the same freedoms they are fighting to protect. On this Veterans Day, let us pause not only to acknowledge the selfless sacrifice of all who have served in our nation’s military, but also how we might best support them in today’s increasingly pluralistic military.

Please pray for all who have served and those currently serving,

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler
CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret.), Director, Ministry to the Armed Forces
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

To see for yourself how the DOD has adopted the administrations positions and is now forcing this immoral point of view on faithful Christians in the Military, and putting our LCMS Chaplains careers in danger go to: http://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0616_pride

MEMORANDUM FOR: The Office of the Secretary of Defense/Secretary Ashton B. Carter
FROM: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)
SUBJECT: Protecting Religious Rights of Service Members Per Recent DoD LGBT Policy Changes
1.As the second-largest Lutheran church body in the United States, with 2 million-plus members in more than 6,100congregations across America, we of the LCMS request OSD include specific protections in all memos, directives,instructions, Equal Opportunity policies, and any other guidance that derives from them, to safeguard the rights of allchaplains, service members, DoD civilians, DoD contractors and medical personnel, and to explicitly prohibit punitive actions or intimidations for expressing personal religious beliefs with respect to DoD’s policies on LGBT issues, such policies including the recent DoD Instruction for implementing the new transgender policy and also the now-mandated LGBT Pride Month.
2.We also request the above-listed DoD personnel be provided the freedom to decline participation in, for instance,LGBT Pride Month events, any training sessions that present LGBT issues in a manner contrary to one’s religiousfaith, especially any training that presents traditional Christian teachings as bigotry, or any other event or activity wherein participation would represent a violation of conscience informed by sincerely held religious belief. We re-quest that DoD and DoD-affiliated personnel also not be required to use the latest litany of transgender pronouns in the workplace, if they are perceived to be contrary to affected personnel’s religious faith. We ask that these protections be codified in DoD and service-specific guidance.
3.Current DoD and service-specific policies and guidance for religious protections do not provide sufficient protectionsfor all DoD and DoD-affiliated personnel, as they allow for implementation of a wide range of subjective religious re-strictions based on what a local commander deems as contrary to “good order and discipline.” Again, what we seek are specific protections for expressing personal religious beliefs to be codified in additional DoD and subsequent service-specific guidance.
4.We in the LCMS have the highest regard and utmost appreciation for the daily sacrifices our nation’s service members— each and every one of them — make each day. We therefore pray for their safety and well-being as well as for their freedom to live and express their religious faith not only within the confines of a chapel, but also on the battlefield, in the workplace and in the community.
5.We submit this request to you, the Secretary of Defense, for your consideration in view of recently implemented DoD policies which favor positions held by LGBT activists and other advocates. We respectfully request you respond to us with your decision regarding these matters in writing.

Signed:
Chaplain Craig G. Muehler
CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret.), Director, Ministry to the Armed Forces
Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President 
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 

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