US Army Chaplain Helps Troops Celebrate Rosh Hashanah
Chaplain (Maj) Andrew Shulman recently celebrated Rosh Hashanah with US Army troops in Vicenza, Italy:
Celebrating religious events — exercising religious liberty — is entirely consistent with service in the US military, even if some might disagree with that religious faith or be offended by its practice.
After all, Chaplain Shulman’s unit is actually stationed in Germany — where 80 years ago it was fatal to be Jewish. Other celebrations are sponsored by the US military even in Muslim-majority nations where anti-Jewish or anti-Christian (or anti-infidel, for that matter) sentiment runs high.
The US military doesn’t do religious liberty perfectly, but the story of Chaplain Shulman is a positive example of military religious freedom in the Armed Services today.