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There's new pushing congress to protect religious freedoms within our military.
This after a report earlier this month from the family research council suggesting that religious beliefs are under attack and -- -- believes.
There is an active effort to make our military more secular in spots.
Louisiana Republican John Fleming is now fighting for an amendment to the 2014 defense budget that protects religious beliefs.
Actions and -- speech.
-- Fleming joins us now live sir thank you for your time today.
I -- all right -- why you thought this was necessary what are the problems that you think have sparked your amendment.
What Shannon since the days of George Washington.
Military members have been free.
To express themselves religiously and certainly chaplains.
And even in the days when I was in the navy we can do that freely -- can -- -- Bible on my -- not a problem.
The with the Obama administration and more recently in the last two or three years.
We've had threats of judicial and administrative actions.
Against both chaplains and other military members for sharing their faith.
For having a Bible on their -- in their own private space.
Remember that Walter Reed hospital they took kolbe.
Bibles the rooms -- first time in decades if that's ever happened and so there's a very real threat against military members.
Especially chaplains who in some cases.
Have to actually get their prayer preapproved by the command in one case a Christian minister a chaplain.
Was gonna say Christian prayer.
And a Christian service.
And the word Jesus was marked down.
Okay let me ask you this now because there are critics who will say those are raising question and are really only trying to enforce what they call -- Christian privilege that there is only.
A move to protect the Christian faith and that there would be the same fight to protect those who are Jewish or practice.
The Muslim faith those kinds of things.
Aware what are your protections going to cover everyone well certain people.
Yes the amendment says nothing about a specific religion.
All it says is -- military members are entitled to their beliefs which is already in statute.
But also in religious expression.
And -- taking action as long as it doesn't affect.
Military discipline good order and discipline high doesn't affect medic and military necessity.
And dead and there's no court -- this and that but there's nothing in here that mentions anything about a specific religion whether it be.
Judaism -- Islam or christianity this applies to all military members and really up until recently was not necessary but we end.
DOD began to change the rules and it -- those freedoms we had to come back to the First Amendment.
And that is freedom of religious expressions military members when they put on that uniform.
Do not in some way take away their first amendment rights.
Okay Defense Department spokesman has said that the defense department's -- celebrates religious diversity and our military personnel have the full right to exercise their religious believes.
As long as doing so does not negatively affect the military's mission or other individual rights now some members have come forward to say.
When they've gotten in trouble it's been for expressing the fact that they don't agree with same sex marriage.
Well now we have the -- decision from the Supreme Court and the military's decision to move forward with recognizing that's where it's legal and those individual states that have accepted it ratified same sex marriage.
How in the world of these military members find a balance there where the military says this is now our policy we are going to respect that respect the rule of law respect the administration's guidance.
But there are many people in our military food that doesn't square with their personal religious -- Well again my amendment is solid on the issue of gay marriage of Don't Ask Don't Tell there's nothing mention about homosexuality.
And certainly -- -- a person may want to express about their own religious beliefs.
Have to be limited by good order and discipline.
That needs a military member can't say things adverse to other people their own personal religious practices or even sexual practices.
And so again the statute is completely silent on that all it does is restore Shannon.
The religious First Amendment constitutional rights to military members where they have -- for over 230 years but have lost ground in the last two or three years.
All right congressman -- we'll keep benign as we know other measures of both the house and senate sides and double to our viewers updated -- use our.
-- yes thank you very much and.
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