Freedom of Religion Restricted to One Hour on Sunday Morning

September 9, 2006

ARLINGTON, Va. Sept. 8 /Christian Newswire/ — “The Navy has ruled that chaplains have just one hour of freedom of religion on Sunday morning,” states Janet Folger, President of Faith2Action (F2A.ORG) and author of The Criminalization of Christianity.

A Navy judge ruled earlier this week that public worship is not the same as worshipping in public, declaring that a lawful order can be given that would prohibit worship outside of a chapel setting on Sunday morning. “According to this judge, public worship is restricted to Sunday mornings alone,” said Folger.

This same judge is involved in a court martial hearing that will convene next Tuesday (September 12) for U.S. Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia. He is facing this court martial for praying in Jesus name at a public event while wearing his uniform. Folger will attend the court martial and be available for comment.

“While our soldiers fight for freedom abroad, our own chaplains are facing court martial for praying for them,” said Folger. “Where does the Constitution say that freedom of religion is limited to one hour?”

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