Thursday, October 6, 2011

Religious Freedom - #3303 - Military Chaplains and Religious Leaders Strike Back at the Pentagon's New Gay Marriage Rules - The Blaze (2) Atheists' Threats Lead Town to Remove Christian Cross from Water Tower - The Blaze

On September 30, The Blaze reported that the Pentagon is now allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages both on and off of military bases. In response to the announcement, some chaplains are responding by refusing to perform gay marriages in military chapels and by asking Congress to intervene to prevent government facilities from being utilized to hold these matrimonies. In last week’s memo, the Pentagon wrote: “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law. Further a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion.”Despite this proclamation, which allocates permission for clergy to wed same-sex couples, representatives of more than 2,000 military chaplains say that associated religious leaders won’t be taking the Pentagon up on the offer. According to the Associated Press: The Rev. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who represents Roman Catholic priests in the military, both say their chaplains won’t violate their faith tenets by marrying same-sex couples.  Read more........

Atheists' Threats Lead Town to Remove Christian Cross from Water Tower - The Blaze - The Freedom From Religion Foundation, America’s largest organization of atheists and agnostics, continues to use the legal system to purge the nation of references and symbols related to faith and religion (as we reported yesterday, the group will hold its 34th annual convention this weekend).  In one of the foundation’s latest assaults on faith, FFRF is demanding that the town of Whiteville, Tennessee, remove a cross that stands at the top of a local water tower. The atheist group first requested that the cross be taken down last December, citing a citizen who is uncomfortable with its presence. The Jackson Sun reports:  The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the cross, located on public property, is in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” Despite his opposition to FFRF, Bellar has decided that the cross will be taken down and moved, as the town cannot afford to battle the organization in the courts. While this is certainly the downside for those who support its presence, the mayor has announced that the cross will be placed on private property on a local highway. It is here, he says, that the cross will actually be seen by an even larger audience.  Read more.........   AW: While it may be true the cross will be seen by more people, The Freedom From Religion Foundation won't care about that, they will have their victory,  and will have succeeded with their intent to force the town to remove the cross.

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