Can you imagine a priest or minister in the United States being arrested for performing religious services?
Well, it’s going to happen if Harry Reid continues his refusal to allow the Senate to vote on any legislation passed by the House during this government shutdown.
Let us explain: According to the general counsel of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, current law dictates non active duty military chaplains could face arrest for celebrating mass or practicing their faith on military bases during the government shutdown. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Military services has confirmed certain chaplains aren’t even allowed on base or more mind-boggling – to volunteer their services.
Friend, this is unconscionable!
Think about the ministries military chaplains provide to our troops and their families on military bases and VA facilities throughout the country – sacraments including last rights, celebrating mass, grief counseling, treating PTDS, and suicide prevention.
It seems like a no brainer. That’s why the House passed a resolution over the weekend reinforcing that:
|“the performance of religious services and the provisions of ministry are protected activities under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution…”|
and urging the Secretary of Defense to:
|“permit the performance of religious services on property owned or maintained by the Department of Defense, during any lapse in appropriations, in the same manner and to the same extent as such religious services are otherwise available.”|
Personally, we find this despicable and I’m sure you do as well. How could Harry Reid be so cruel as to deny our service members ministries that, in some cases, could mean life or death? Friend, as people of faith we need to fight back against this travesty.
This should not be happening in America. I appreciate your support in this matter and I know the brave men and women who serve this nation in uniform and their families do as well.