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Navy reverses policy after AFA Action issues alert: Church attendance now allowed

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:30 AM

Within one day of AFA Action issuing an alert asking you to contact President Trump, the U.S. Navy backtracked a June 24 directive that specifically banned Christian service members, including chaplains, from attending “indoor religious services.”

Since Monday, President Trump received more than 41,471 emails from AFA and AFA Action supporters, urging him to order the Navy to rescind any portion of the directive that violated the religious liberties of military personnel.

According to First Liberty, Acting Under Secretary of the Navy Greg Slavonic “clarified” that service members could attend indoor religious services. “We are grateful to Acting Under Secretary Slavonic and Navy leadership for righting this ship, and to Commander in Chief Trump for making religious liberty a priority,” said Mike Berry, general counsel for First Liberty Institute.

The acting assistant secretary of defense clarified the policy on Tuesday and Slavonic issued his memo Wednesday, saying the June policy should not "be construed to restrict attendance at places of worship where attendees are able to appropriately apply COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures, specifically social distancing and use of face covering."

In other words, the Navy backed down from its unlawful religious discrimination policy. This is a major victory for Christians, especially those serving in the military.

We firmly believe AFA Action supporters played a part in this reversal because of those who took time to get involved and send an email to the president.

AFA Action will continue to stand for righteousness and against those who want to take away our religious freedoms.

American Family Association Action (AFA Action), is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to advancing biblical, family values in society and government by educating and influencing public policy. AFA Action is also the Governmental Affairs Affiliate of American Family Association (AFA).

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