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A few sailors aboard the USS John C. Stennis, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, were recently highlighted for their unique exercise of religious freedom. From the official news release:
Heathenry, a religion with roots in Norse culture and mythology, is being practiced by a small, committed group of Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Joshua Wood, from Eagle River, Alaska, is John C. Stennis’ Heathen lay leader.
This year issues of military religious freedom have boiled to the surface in two primary ways: free exercise and public expression.
For example, in its “top ten” list for 2018, The Baptist Joint Committee, a left-leaning group on religious liberty issues, highlighted the Masterpiece Cakeshop at #8 and the Bladensburg Peace Cross at #7. Similarly, Howard Friedman at the Religion Clause put Masterpiece Cakeshop at #1. The resolution of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which is arguably still ongoing, is directly related to the military: The case will ultimately Read more
Just in case you were wondering what the pilots (aka “naval aviators”) were doing in the lead up to the 21-ship flyover of the President George HW Bush internment (video):
Not just tolerance of faith, but the value of it.
Navy Chief of Chaplains (RAdm) Brent Scott on the fortifying power of faith, and calling on Sailors to live their faith:
Howard Friedman’s Religion Clause reported on the summary judgment granted in In re Navy Chaplaincy, a very long-running lawsuit alleging the US Navy chaplaincy was essentially rigged for liturgical/Catholic chaplains. The DC federal district court ruled against the chaplains.
However, given how many years the lawsuit has been running its course, it is worth noting who is leading the US Navy chaplaincy now:
- Chief of Chaplains (Navy): Chaplain (RAdm) Brent Scott, Full Gospel Churches
- Deputy (Reserve): Chaplain (RAdm) Endel Lee, Southern Baptist
- Chief of Chaplains (Marine Corps): Chaplain (RAdm) Gregory Todd, Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
In fact, the rest of the US military chaplaincy leadership reads much the same. With one possible exception, the list reads like a who’s who of conservative and Read more