Faith Under Fire: When Religious Freedom Becomes the Target

Faith Under Fire: When Religious Freedom Becomes the Target


No American, especially one serving in our Armed Forces, should be forced to abandon his or her religious beliefs. Yet the rigors of military life – from boot camp to battlefield – bar Christians in the military from many things that civilians take for granted, such as attending church, participating in a Bible study, or even having a good discussion about their faith. So when General George Washington long ago commanded his officers to "procure chaplains… persons of good Characters and exemplary lives," he foreshadowed what our Constitution now mandates: that the military provide chaplains to enable service members to freely exercise their religious faith. And this is exactly what chaplains have nobly done since pre-Revolutionary times – serving their fellow believers in Christ and serving all military men and women by nurturing the living, caring for the wounded, and honoring the dead.

David Crum, enlisted Marine, receiving treatment for the
second wound he sustained during intense fighting in Vietnam.
  Crum later became a chaplain. Watch as he shares one of his
 service experiences in the video below.


The risks have been real – some 240 American chaplains have died in the line of duty. But today, it is Christianity itself that is in the line of fire, as the Obama Administration has forced the military to accept and affirm homosexual and bisexual behavior. For the first time in American history, the military took an official stance that puts it in conflict with the vast majority of its chaplains – leading to the formation of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Freedom – which, along with ADF, is working daily to defend religious freedom in the military. Here you will see stories of faith – and unfortunately, conflict – that are playing out today in the lives of these chaplains who freely chose to serve the Prince of Peace in the face of war.


Chaplain Stories

Ron Crews

Colonel Ron Crews, U.S. Army (Retired)
David Crum

LCDR David A. Crum, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Fred Hudson

Colonel Frederick L. Hudson, U.S. Army (Retired)
Col. John Schumacher

Colonel John W. Schumacher, U.S. Army (Retired)


Read highly informative blogs that incorporate the latest news and information while providing vital legal insight regarding the status of religious liberty in today’s military.

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Veteran Chaplains Stand Up For Religious Freedom


A group of veteran service members--primarily chaplains--who, on behalf of their faith groups, represent thousands of currently-serving military chaplains and several million Americans, sent a letter to the U.S. Congress asking key officials to protect military religious liberty from the dangers created by the government’s decision to force open homosexual behavior on the U.S. armed forces through the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.   Read more

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