First Liberty Institute has sent a letter to the U.S. Army urging it to reverse an investigator's decision that Army Chaplain Scott Squires be disciplined for following both Army regulations and the religious tenets of his endorsing denomination.
The original complaint against Chaplain Squires began when he explained to a soldier that he was unable to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat that included same-sex couples due to restrictions by the North American Mission Board.
Todd Starnes spoke with First Liberty Institute Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs Michael Berry about how other chaplains could be affected if the decision against Chaplain was not reversed. Berry said, "That would mean a chaplain can't even talk about their religious beliefs without being accused of discrimination. That would strip thousands of chaplains across our military of their most basic freedoms under the First Amendment."