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The House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on September 19, 2014 to address the current status of religious liberty and accommodation within the military. The Forum was asked to make comments to be included in the record. The Forum provided a letter  to the committee which addressed two separate issues.  The first […]

A group of distinquished law professors has written the President requesting no religious exemption be included in an executive order he will be issuing on nondiscrimination for LGBT employees for government contractors. This letter was prompted by a letter written, after the Hobby Lobby decision, by a group of conservative religious leaders requesting such an exemption. […]

In what is likely an unconstitutional and illegal decision, the Chief of Navy Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap. This hard hitting article  in the Huffington Post written by Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, sets forth both the legal and moral grounds for this conclusion.    

We are pleased to publish our report on the “Pathways to Military Chaplaincy” Conference, held March 20-21, 2014 at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas and sponsored by the Forum. This  paper is reflective of the values and vision of the Forum, and is the  outcome of the many years Forum members have invested […]

The Forum wrote the Secretary of Defense in support of the establishment of a Humanist endorser as well as the creation of humanist chaplain positions within the Military Chaplaincy. The Forum was supported by both religious and humanist leaders from around the world and provided the SECDEF with a statement of principle signed by these leaders. The […]

FinallettertoHagelre-NAMB1.0-6 is a letter sent to Secretary Hagel regarding the “guidelines” promulgated by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention restricting the chaplains it endorsed from providing care to LGB service members and their families. The Assistant SECDEF  responded to the letter on behalf of the SecDef.

This ChaplainsCurriculum1 was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group with at recommendation it be forwarded to the Chiefs of Chaplains for consideration and a recommendation that such a training program be implemented at the Chaplains’ School. To date, the Forum has received no response to this recommendation from any source.

The VeteransPerspective on impact of the repeal of DADT on the force was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group and leaders of Congress. This document answers the concerns of those who were opposed to the repeal of DADT. It provided compelling evidence that repeal could be implemented with little or no impact on unit morale, […]

An very important document that was presented to the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Working Group and leaders of Congress, We Are Family Too23June10, proved significant in the consideration of repeal of DADT.

LGBT101  was provided to the Pentagon Comprehensive Review Working Group during the period it studied the impact of repeal on the Force to educated the team about the preferred language to be used regarding LGBT service members and their families.

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The Forum Provides Input for Congressional Hearing on Religious Liberty

The Forum Provides Input for Congressional Hearing on Religious Liberty

The House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on September 19, 2014 to address the current status of religious liberty and accommodation within the military. The Forum was asked to make comments to be included in the record. The Forum provided a letter  to the committee which addressed two separate issues.  The first […]

Religious Exemption and Military Contractors

Religious Exemption and Military Contractors

A group of distinquished law professors has written the President requesting no religious exemption be included in an executive order he will be issuing on nondiscrimination for LGBT employees for government contractors. This letter was prompted by a letter written, after the Hobby Lobby decision, by a group of conservative religious leaders requesting such an exemption. […]

Navy Improperly Rejects First Humanist Chaplain Candidate

Navy Improperly Rejects First Humanist Chaplain Candidate

In what is likely an unconstitutional and illegal decision, the Chief of Navy Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap. This hard hitting article  in the Huffington Post written by Forum co-chair, Tom Carpenter, sets forth both the legal and moral grounds for this conclusion.