Portsmouth, NH – The New Hampshire Air National Guard announced they will continue their tradition of including prayer during military ceremonies, despite receiving a letter from a special interest group demanding that they stop. First Liberty Institute attorneys and the Chaplain Alliance praised the move.
“We’re very pleased to see the New Hampshire Air National Guard do the right thing and continue their tradition, as the law clearly allows,” Mike Berry, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute, says. “It is perfectly constitutional to offer invocations at military events and service members have every right to exercise their faith under the First Amendment.”
At the request of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, First Liberty Institute sent an advisory letter to the military base explaining how the law allows chaplains to offer invocations at military events.
“We commend Pease Air National Guard Base for standing strong and continuing their tradition,” Chaplain (Colonel) Ron Crews, U.S. Army (Retired), Executive Director for the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, says. “Chaplains and service members have the right to freely exercise their religious beliefs without fear of reprisal.”
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