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On November 24th, 2014, Chuck Hagel stepped down as the US Secretary of Defense. While we await the nomination and approval of his replacement, we must continue to support this important cause. Please continue to sign and share this petition. We'll be sure to address it to the new Secretary as soon as they are chosen.
Final signature count: 12,983
Sponsored by: Jesus Loves You

Several recent events have caused a great deal of alarm among those who are concerned with religious liberty. The heart of this issue is one of conscience and freedom of religion: soldiers who "proselytize" their faith face reprimand or court-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

In a statement, the Pentagon tried to assure the faithful that military personnel would not be court-martialed if they "evangelized." Unfortunately, "proselytizing" and "evangelizing" are virtually synonymous terms, leaving service members vulnerable to a subjective interpretation of the Uniform Code.

This is truly a First Amendment crisis. The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…". No matter what God one worships, as Americans we all have the sacred right to share our faiths.

Join us in asking Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to remove any prohibitions against proselytizing from the Uniform Code of Military Justice and respect the First Amendment rights of service men and women.

Dear Secretary:

Currently, United States military service men and women are faced with a painful dilemma of conscience. Those wishing to exercise their religious liberties, which are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, risk exposing themselves to possible disciplinary action.

While Pentagon statements claim that those who "evangelize" do not risk court-martial, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice "proselytization" is considered an offense. This confusing language could have a chilling effect on those of all faiths, leaving them fearful to express who they are and what they believe.

According to Russell Moore, president-elect of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, "… no one should engage in coercion when it comes to sharing their faith with others. But there must also be room for freedom for our chaplains and military members to be distinctively Southern Baptist and for others to be distinctively Catholic or Jewish or Muslim as the case may be."

Please ensure that the United States Department of Defense will fully respect the religious diversity of all service members and their First Amendment rights to share their faith with fellow service members by eliminating threat of disciplinary action for proselytizing from the Uniform Code.


Petition Signatures

Jan 6, 2018 Cara Schmidt
Jan 6, 2018 Lea Faulks
Dec 28, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Dec 17, 2017 Cynthia Pealo
Dec 9, 2017 Ruth Benschoter
Nov 26, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Nov 26, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 16, 2017 OSVALDO TOMAS
Nov 15, 2017 Patti Wyatt
Nov 15, 2017 Lora Hamman
Nov 12, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 11, 2017 Adelina Jaudal
Nov 10, 2017 Vianney Ventura
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Nov 10, 2017 Julie Brickell
Nov 6, 2017 Jack Martin
Oct 30, 2017 Alice Gem
Oct 30, 2017 Sofia Fernandez-Amaro
Oct 30, 2017 Louis Roberts
Oct 28, 2017 Sherry Miller
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 16, 2017 Gayleen Chapman
Oct 16, 2017 Mary Barker
Oct 15, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 15, 2017 Barbara Mateo
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Oct 11, 2017 Mrs. Moody
Oct 11, 2017 David Bott
Oct 6, 2017 Brenda Gerolstein
Sep 24, 2017 AnaMaria Toberman
Sep 22, 2017 Carol Kelling
Sep 16, 2017 Linda Stanfill
Sep 15, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Sep 15, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Aug 22, 2017 Harold Bees
Aug 7, 2017 danielle jacques
Aug 6, 2017 John Schwent Jr
Aug 3, 2017 Corinne Kissell
Jul 31, 2017 Bob Brucker
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 30, 2017 Sue Sweeney How petty to restrict the very people who make it possible for all of us to worship as we please, from declaring their particular faith to others! Please read the Frist Amendment before passing rules upon our Military
Jul 30, 2017 Thomas Spencer I'm a veteran and a Christian
Jul 22, 2017 Steve Wriborg
Jul 15, 2017 Robert McDaniel The crime is not letting them share their faith.
Jul 6, 2017 Patrina Van Sky
Jul 5, 2017 Lynn Ronconi
Jul 4, 2017 Donna Angle
Jul 4, 2017 tammy bullock

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