Chaplain Alliance praying Trump not done

Monday, May 8, 2017
 | 
Bill Bumpas, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump signs religious freedom EOA retired military chaplain says he's cautiously optimistic after President Donald Trump signed a religious freedom executive order last week. 

Some conservatives have said the order doesn't go far enough and Ron Crews of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is one of them.

"We see this as a good first step but we're hopeful it's only a first step," says Crews, a retired U.S. Army colonel.

Trump's executive order follows a stronger February draft that was leaked to the media – possibly to hurt its chances of being signed by Trump.

In a story about the executive order, political news website The Hill noted that the ACLU voiced concern over the February memo but called the newest order an "elaborate photo-op" by Trump.  

"Chelsea" Manning bannerTrump's action last week also comes after Crews and Chaplain Alliance have fought efforts by the Obama administration to punish conservative chaplains, such as U.S. Navy chaplain Wes Modder, within the U.S. armed forces.

There are many documented cases of chaplains and other military personnel fighting the left-wing dogma of the Obama administration – yet the executive order fails to mention that ongoing issue.  

"We were hoping, quite frankly," says Crews, "for a more robust executive order outlining some specific ways in which the government has harmed religious liberty, particularly in the military."

AF Academy billboardOne area that needs to be addressed, he says, is the issue of military contractors. 

"Right now they have a litmus test that any contractor with the Department of Defense must not hold biblical views concerning marriage. We would like to see that stopped," Crews tells OneNewsNow.

Crews' views of the executive order mirror those of Dr. David Stevens of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

He calls the action a "step in the right direction" but points out that CMDA challenged the Obama administration over its transgender-friendly policy and contraception mandate.

"It's so important that we reverse this tide," says Stevens, "and I think President Trump's executive order is a good beginning to that." 

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

After unveiling the slogan 'A Better Deal,' the most appropriate motto for the Democratic Party is…

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump message manager ready to clean house to stop leaks
Trump asks about firing Sessions, calls his position 'weak'
  Texas senators debate bathroom bill
  IRS see big drop in identity theft, stolen tax refunds
US consumer confidence rebounds

LATEST FROM THE WEB

The truth about Southern black slave owners
The islamophobia industry killed Justine Damond
Sarah Huckabee Sanders called "butch queen" by Daily Beast writer and the left is silent
Post-Christian America: Gullible, intolerant, and superstitious
College official: Drop algebra requirement because minorities keep failing it

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Wanted: Left-wing veterans to defeat Donald Trump

Woman graduates Ranger SchoolDemocratic leaders are recruiting military veterans to seek public office but the leader of a military watchdog doubts that plan will succeed.