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Christians Call for Military to End Harassment of Evangelicals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Family Research Council and churches around the country have celebrated Military Freedom Sunday in honor of the men and women serving in U.S. Armed Forces.

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The FRC also says it is making note of what the group believes is the “ever-increasing harassment and formal reprimands service members are facing when they exercise their religious beliefs.”

The group and members of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition are running an ad in the Military Times’ publications. Service members will be advised that liberty advocacy groups “stand ready to provide legal assistance should they experience a violation of their religious liberty rights.”

FRC president Tony Perkins says religious rights in the military are being challenged. He blames the Obama administration policy and those who go too far in trying to implement it.

“More and more service members are facing harassment, demotion, and formal reprimands simply for being Bible-believing Christians,” Perkins said. “They’ve been prohibited from sharing their faith, forbidden from praying publicly, and dismissed from duty for refusing to surrender their religious convictions.”

“Defending America’s freedom shouldn’t mean surrendering theirs, especially given that the Constitution they have sworn to uphold guarantees religious liberty as all Americans’ ‘first freedom,'” he added.