Religious Liberty in the Military

Supreme Court Declines to Review Case of Marine Court- Martialed Over Bible Verse

Military court’s decision below deals huge blow to religious freedom in the Military
June 5, 2017 • Press Releases

The Supreme Court of the United States declined to review First Liberty Institute’s appeal in the case of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, a U.S. Marine convicted at court-martial for refusing an order to remove an inspirational Bible verse from her workstation.

Retired Navy chaplain lauded for defending religious liberty

Washington Times
December 8, 2016 • In the News

A retired Navy chaplain who stood fast by his biblical teachings, defended religious liberty and offered “exceptional ministry to America’s warriors” was lauded and recognized during an awards banquet just outside the nation’s capital on Thursday evening. Read full article »

The Supreme Court Must Restore Religious Liberty to Military Members

National Review
August 24, 2016 • In the News

A lower court prohibited a Marine from taping up a Bible verse in her own workspace. Read full article »

Military Court Botches RFRA

National Review
August 11, 2016 • In the News

By a vote of 4-1 yesterday in United States v. Sterling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces adopted a strangely narrow reading of the threshold provisions of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Read full article »

Navy Chaplain Resumes Ministry After Fight Over Beliefs

Washington Times
November 4, 2015 • In the News

“Federal courts have made it clear that ‘religious freedom doesn’t stop just because you join the military,’ said Michael Berry, a lawyer with Liberty Institute, which assisted in Chaplain Modder’s case.” Read full article »

Victory: Chaplain Wes Modder is Reinstated and Cleared of All Charges

Fox & Friends
October 26, 2015 • In the News

“Our people who are serving us need to know what their freedoms are so they can’t be bullied out of their freedoms. They are already giving a sacrifice, they should not have to sacrifice the law and their rights in the military,” said Kelly Shackelford. Watch Video »

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