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ICC Note: As part of the greater debate over religious freedom and discrimination against the expression of religious beliefs in the United States today, a coalition of Congressmen and conservative groups have gathered in Washington D.C. to support the passage of the Religious Liberty Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment would help guarantee the right for service men and women to express their religious beliefs without fear of punishment. Supporters of the amendment argue that military personnel are increasingly seeing their ability to express religious views curtailed. 
7/10/2013 United States (Christian Post) – A coalition of conservative groups, activists, and Congressmen gathered Tuesday to advocate for an amendment to defense legislation that would secure religious liberty for military personnel.
The group held a press conference in favor of a Religious Liberty Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Those present at the House Triangle who spoke included Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who sponsored the amendment; Ron Crews, Ch. (Col.) USAR (Ret.), executive director for the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty; and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council.
Tony Perkins, president of the FRC and one of the speakers, told The Christian Post that his organization’s involvement in this effort stemmed from personal experience. “It goes back to when I was disinvited to speak at the Andrews Air Force Base because of my religious beliefs on marriage,” said Perkins.
“Then we started getting reports as we spoke out on that, those incidents of intolerance, we began to get calls from other members of the military.”
Perkins also told CP that he felt the amendment to the NDAA had the chance to be passed, even with the stated opposition from the White House.
“I think it has a very good chance,” said Perkins, who added that the censorship of religious expression is “not speculation” and “not theoretical,” but “very real.”
Groups supporting the amendment who were present at the conference included the Center for Security Policy, Judicial Watch, and the Media Research Center.
FRC passed out a report titled “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” which contained a list of alleged incidents of religious discrimination largely aimed at Christians in the United States Armed Forces. These incidents included the Army removing a cross from a chapel in January, the Air Force removing “God” from a unit’s logo, and the Walter Reed Medical Center banning Bibles in September 2011.

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