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Religious groups feel the pinch of government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and … Continued

Navy chaplains to receive more training on sexual abuse

ST. LOUIS — Kristen Leslie began her 2003 book, “When Violence Is No Stranger,” with a verse from Psalms, a … Continued

Southern Baptists say no to gay weddings for military chaplains

NEW YORK — The agency that commissions Southern Baptist military chaplains says no Baptist chaplain will be allowed to perform, … Continued

Sikhs hopeful on anniversary of shooting

ROCKVILLE, Md. — “The legacy of Oak Creek is not one of bloodshed,” said Valarie Kaur, founding director of the … Continued

Humanists want a military chaplain to call their own

If Jason Heap has his way, he’ll trade his Oxford tweeds for the crisp whites of a newly minted U.S. … Continued

COMMENTARY: The truth about religious freedom in the military

WASHINGTON — Serving in the armed forces is one of the most honorable professions one can choose in our society. … Continued

Conservatives say religious freedom is ‘under attack’ in military

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and conservative activists concerned that religious expression in the military is “under attack” are rallying behind a … Continued

Study suggests bad World War II experiences led vets to church

A new study has found that American veterans who had a negative experience serving during World War II attend church more … Continued

Sex assaults in the military: An epidemic that is being ignored

Can you believe that there were about 26,000 incidents of sexual assault in the military last year? That’s an astounding … Continued

Because they can: Three rapes every hour in the military

Female soldiers train on a firing range in Fort Campbell, Ky., in September 2012. (Mark Humphrey/AP) Rape in the military … Continued

Pentagon debunks reports of anti-Christian policies

Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies … Continued

Is religious sectarianism Iraq’s fatal flaw?

Ten years after the U.S. war in Iraq, one will be hard pressed to find any positive evaluation of the … Continued

Can Chuck Hagel make gay equality a reality in the military?

Win McNamee GETTY IMAGES In his file photo, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) speaks at the DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial in … Continued

More than Santa to the troops

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Santa Claus brings presents for U.S. soldiers during a Christmas concert at Bagram Air Base on Dec. 25, … Continued

Church leaders say returning vets need time, attention

When Staff Sgt. Brandon Hill came home from his third tour in Iraq last year, he expected his wife and … Continued

Counter-protesters targeting Westboro Baptist Church

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Thousands of people wearing red shirts gathered in this city’s downtown Saturday (July 21) to honor an … Continued

In defense of religious freedom

The highest echelons of the U.S. military need to learn a valuable lesson, literally, from a guy in charge of … Continued

Can young evangelicals move beyond the Religious Right?

Brandon Thibodeaux GETTY IMAGES A cross necklace hangs in front of a worshipper’s American flag t-shirt as she participates in … Continued

Military atheists get ready to ‘rock beyond belief’

After more than a year of planning, atheists in the military will stage a public festival and rock concert celebrating … Continued

How Obama should fight the ‘war on religion’

A very wise Trappist monk once told me that unless everyone gets to heaven, no one will. It’s this sense … Continued