In his a letter published on July 20, Tony Perkins seems to equate “practicing” religion with “promoting” religion. While the Constitution says that we have the right to freedom of religion, it does not say we have the right to promote religion. In fact, the Constitution forbids the government from promoting any religion.
When a person in a position of authority in the military promotes his religion to his subordinates, I agree with the Pentagon’s position that this should not be allowed. Perkins probably would be against it if this person promoted any other religion except Christianity.
All military personnel have access to chaplains if they are troubled, and superior officers have no business promoting any religion.
Tony Perkins and U.S. Rep. John Fleming are just trying to promote their religion.