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Obama AWOL (Absent With Out religious Liberty) on Troops' First Amendment Rights House responds through National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) made the following statement:

"Today, I voted for final passage of this year's National Defense Authorization Act. Although I am disappointed my two amendments to require compliance with the Defense of Marriage Act were not among those that got a floor vote, I am pleased my amendment to safeguard the First Amendment rights of service members was adopted by the House.

Last December, my Military Religious Freedom Protection Act language was incorporated into the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2013. It requires the military to accommodate service members' religious beliefs and prohibits the military from forcing chaplains to perform homosexual marriage ceremonies. When President Obama signed it into law, he claimed the conscience protections I authored were "unnecessary and ill-advised.' After six months, Obama continues to defy the law and refuses to issue the regulations to secure the First Amendment for service members. In response, today the House passed Rep. Fleming's language that requires the military to issue those regulations within 120 days.

In April, The Washington Post revealed that Pentagon officials have been secretly consulting individuals such as radical and notorious anti-Christian zealot Mikey Weinstein at a time when Christians and conservatives in the military are being persecuted by this Administration for their religious beliefs and political views. In response to these secret meetings and Obama's defiance of the law, my amendment requires the Department of Defense to inform Congress whenever its employees meet with outside individuals regarding military policy related to religious liberty. Rest assured, I will not rest in challenging this Administration's overt hostility toward Christians and believers of other faiths."

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