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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.
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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.

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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

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
Jul 4, 2017 Isabela Calin
Jul 2, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Jun 29, 2017 Joni Hughes
Jun 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Jun 10, 2017 dorothy ingram Why shouldn't the troops be allowed to speak of thee Person Who is holding them and keeping faithful and loyal?? Whose business is it what a person believes when the government allows other religious groups to do as they please in this free country.??
Jun 10, 2017 Carol Baker
Jun 10, 2017 Dottie Palladino
Jun 10, 2017 Melvin Michael
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 5, 2017 Kenneth Horowitz
Jun 4, 2017 Adam Fransella
Jun 1, 2017 Robert Morris
Jun 1, 2017 Bonnie Steiger
Jun 1, 2017 Frank Santillan God and Country
May 27, 2017 STANLEY SZELA
May 20, 2017 Ed Askins
May 12, 2017 Becky Anderson
May 12, 2017 Agnes Hetzel
May 7, 2017 Maria Mendez Diaz
May 7, 2017 Susan Titherley
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Apr 21, 2017 Sandrine STAMM
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Apr 10, 2017 Ike Rauth I believe that is covered in the constitution is it different in our military? WHY?
Apr 9, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Apr 9, 2017 Janet Coleman
Apr 9, 2017 Ilse Spiegel
Apr 5, 2017 John Shanks
Apr 5, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi

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