The right for our troops to worship and speak freely of their faith was reaffirmed today, a development Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) applauded as the House passed a critical military authorization bill.
The religious freedom amendment, which Rogers supported, passed overwhelmingly. The amendment would require any meeting between Department of Defense officials and outside groups regarding the creation or enforcement of religious liberty regulations be reported to Congress.
In May, Rogers sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging the Department of Defense to protect the religious freedom of service members. This letter came after recent reports that the Defense Department is considering policy changes that could make proselytizing an offense under the military justice system, including having senior military officers meet with a group hostile to religious expression.
"Our brave men and women in uniform serve our country to protect our freedoms, and it is only right they are allowed to enjoy those same freedoms," Rogers said.
The amendment offered by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) to H.R. 1960, the National Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The NDAA also contains other protections on religious liberty that Rogers strongly supports.
Rogers serves as Chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee on the Armed Services Committee and is a senior member of the Homeland Security and Agriculture committees.