Stop requiring service members to attend mandatory religious ceremonies.

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James Keegan
8 years ago
Religious liberty must apply to ALL citizens, else it is a lie.

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Thomas Beaulieu
8 years ago
This is important to me because I'm a 16&1/2 year active-duty service member who has had to participate in Chaplains Runs, Prayer Breakfasts, and an endless stream of invocations at every mandatory military ceremony for my entire career. The prayers and activities of one specific religion while ignoring all other religions (as well as lack thereof) is a slap in the face to many Soldiers, myself included. I would not use the word 'offended,' so much as 'uncomfortable' to describe how I feel when forced to be subjected to prayers from a faith other than my own. And frankly, no one should be forced to be uncomfortable because of religion.
Prayer is an extremely important, deeply personal right that every Soldier has the absolute right to, but a moment of silence for optional personal prayer would be so much more appropriate.than giving the impression that the US Military supports Christianity while ignoring Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Scientologists, Mormons, Pagans, Wiccans, Rastafarians, Pastafarians, Satanists, Deists, Agnostics, Atheists and Anti-Theists to name a few. We cannot claim we are an agency of equality when we condone putting one religion far over all others.

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Thayne Solcher
8 years ago
I hate religion, but if people want it that's their choice and they shouldn't be forced to believe in something they don't.

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Brian M. Scott
8 years ago
Such requirements are antithetical to the ideals that the military are supposed to protect. And anyone who thinks that you can't have morals without believing in God is unfit to serve.

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Teresa Green
8 years ago
Proud Atheist military member!

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Jose Sentmanat
9 years ago
I'm an atheist, and I believe in freedom of--and from--religion.

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Rune Olwen
9 years ago
Had enforced religion at school -enforced religion in the military must be worse and is dangerous to us all.

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Quinn Simpson
9 years ago
I'm a Christian, and I don't believe that people should be required by law to pretend that they are too, just because some modern Pharisee thought that that would somehow make Christianity more popular to potential converts.

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ROXANNA COBLE
9 years ago
I hate being subjected to a prayer when a moment of silence would suffice!!!!

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Erica Nogueira
9 years ago
Separation of church and state is the foundation of America.