In today’s News:
Groups appeal to the Defense Secretary to protect chaplains
First Liberty Institute yesterday sent a letter to Secretary Of Defense Mark Esper to express concern over recent incidents within the U.S. Army that have resulted in unlawful religious discrimination against service members, and to urge the secretary to issue guidance that strongly protects religious freedom within the Department of Defense. First Liberty is joined on the letter by the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition. Recently, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an atheist organization, publicly demanded immediate adverse action against several Army chaplains for carrying out their constitutionally-mandated mission. At Fort Drum, New York, chaplains assigned to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division published a series of videos to a social media site inviting viewers to pray in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic. At Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, another Army chaplain also published a video to social media in which he sought to encourage viewers with a message of hope during difficult times. At Camp Humphreys, South Korea, yet another Army chaplain who sought to offer encouragement and hope sent an email to his fellow Christian chaplains commending to them a christian book he recently read. In each case, the atheist organization demanded the Army censor or discipline the chaplains and the Army complied with the demands. The letter further points out that the Army’s actions in each incident are unlawful. The atheists’ demands are based on the flawed notion that military chaplains may not carry out their official duties outside of a religious ceremony that occurs within the four walls of a chapel.
Concordia Seminary St. Louis receives 15 awards
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis recently received a total of 15 awards from the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association during the organizations’ recent award ceremonies. The ACP, the nation’s oldest interdenominational religious press association, presented its awards March 19 during an online broadcast in place of its annual banquet. The awards were given in recognition of exceptional content produced in 2019. In addition to the ACP awards, the Seminary was recognized by the EPA, a professional organization of christian publications including magazines, newspapers, newsletters and content-rich websites. Its awards, which were given in recognition of exceptional content produced in 2019, were presented live online April 21.
An 18th abortion facility opens in Illinois
In Illinois, Planned Parenthood just opened its 18th facility, which will offer abortions. The facility is located in Waukegan, and was originally supposed to open in March. Though the opening was pushed back temporarily due to covid-19, they’re now accepting appointments, and appear eager to get the word out. While 4,000 people in Illinois have died from covid-19, causing politicians to close businesses, the abortion industry is allowed to remain open.