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Statement from Military Religious Liberty Expert Mike Berry Regarding Religious Liberty Protections in NDAA

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December 14, 2023

Press Statement
For Immediate Release: 12.14.23
Contact: Peyton Drew, media@firstliberty.org
Direct: 972-941-4453

Statement from Military Religious Liberty Expert Mike Berry Regarding Religious Liberty Protections in NDAA

Washington, D.C.—Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, including a provision that protects religious expression on military installations.

The following statement may be attributed to Mike Berry, Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute:

Section 1049 creates a new procedure for the DoD to process complaints or requests ‘regarding public displays or public expressions of religion’ on DoD property.  This will protect religious expression from the whims of organizations that wish to scrub religion from the public sphere. Instead of having the ability to strong arm front office staff into removing religious displays, these organizations will need to submit formal complaints which will be directed to the Secretary whom will consult with the Chief of Chaplains and an attorney. For too long, woke activists have been able to eliminate religious freedom from the military with very little resistance. This is a positive step towards protecting religious freedom for those who sacrifice the most to defend it.

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To arrange an interview, contact Peyton Drew at media@firstliberty.org.

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