Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, February 03, 2014
A retired military chaplain says he was encouraged by questions asked by members of a House panel on religious liberty in the military.
Last week the House Armed Service Committee held a hearing to get input on the impact of recent Department of Defense policies on the religious liberty of service members, including military chaplains.
One of those who attended was retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Douglas Lee, a former chaplain who now serves as president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.
Lee says he was impressed with the boldness of the questions asked by the panel.
"They'd obviously done some homework," says Lee. "And the questions that needed to be answered, and many of the questions they asked there, were no answers forthcoming, which was disturbing to me although I kind of suspected that would happen."
Video of the Religous Accomodations in the Armed Services hearing can be watched here.
Lee says one official who seemed unprepared for the briefing was Virginia Penrod, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy.
"She mentioned how she'd spoken to some chaplains and they were a hundred percent saying they were not restricted," Lee recalls.
There's just one problem with that testimony.
"I know personally one of my chaplains was in the group and that was not the case," says the retired chaplain. "It was not a hundred percent."
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty submitted a written brief to the subcommittee, but no one from the organization was asked to testify.
Lee hopes that they will be invited to do so at a future hearing.
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