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First Amendment Group Appeals Military Ban on Religious Dog Tags


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I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment BUT that right is given up when you take the oath. 

 

Religious freedom advocates are appealing the U.S. military's decision to prohibit the sale of religiously themed dog tags, a move the military made after receiving complaints from a secularist group.

 

First Liberty, a religious freedom advocacy group, submitted a letter to the Army on Tuesday, asking it to lift a ban on the sale of dog tags that feature U.S. military logos alongside Bible verses. The group argued that the ban targeting dog tags sold by Shields of Strength, a "faith-based" business, violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from favoring or disfavoring a particular religion.

 

"What Shields of Strength is doing is perfectly permissible under the Constitution and the law," Michael Berry, director of military affairs at First Liberty, told the Washington Free Beacon. "It is the Army that's in the wrong here and they're the ones that need to take corrective action."

 

Atheist going around with a magnifying glance once again: 

 

The controversy started when the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a secularist group, requested the military to prohibit Shields of Strength from selling the religiously themed products that featured military logos. The group wrote that the dog tags imply an "undeniable and incontrovertible endorsement of the Christian religion" in violation of Defense Department regulations and the First Amendment.

 

The Department of Defense did not respond to requests for comment.

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