By: Mike Berry, Deputy General Counsel and director of military affairs for First Liberty Institute
An anti-religion group is seeking to ban U.S. Air Force members from using their “duty day” to volunteer for the Salvation Army’s food distribution efforts over Christmas.
The Christian Salvation Army, whose unofficial motto is “doing the most good,” serves communities through a wide variety of programs such as disaster relief, fighting human trafficking, combatting addiction, and serving veterans in need.
One would think such a venerable organization would be a no-brainer for which military service members can volunteer their time, but the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has proved that no good deed goes unpunished. The group sent a letter to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota demanding it stop its service members from volunteering.
The anti-religious group believes, wrongly, that simply allowing active-duty airmen to volunteer their time to feed the hungry with the Salvation Army is a violation of the Constitution. Bah humbug, indeed.