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CaptUSMC On May - 29 - 2015

The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy flied a brief on May 28, 2015 in support of the lawsuit filed by plaintiffs Jason Daniel Heap and the Humanist Society, which seeks to act as his endorser. This brief is in response to the government’s motion to dismiss the suit. In our brief,  The Forum supports plaintiffs’ contentions that it violates the First Amendment for the government to discriminate against Humanists, and that the government has in fact done so in this case. The Forum contends, moreover, that the government is constitutionally incompetent to evaluate the theological fit of Heap’s graduate theological education and pastoral experience with his endorsement by The Humanist Society.

The full brief, which has been filed but is awaiting the District Court’s approval of its submission, may be read here:

AR58 The Forum on the Military Chaplaincy amicus brief

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