Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Commends US Senate for Protecting Service Members Religious Freedom

Fall 2006

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA commends the Senate of the United States for deleting proposed language in the Defense Authorization Act for 2007 which permitted military chaplains to include Jesus during official prayers. PNC Bob Zweiman, a member of the Board of Directors of the Military Coalition which influenced this important legislative decision, thanked the coalition for their timely, effective support. The Military Coalition recommended to Congress that this issue be referred "back to the Department of Defense for analysis, report and legislative review before any further action toward enactment." The Congressional House-Senate Conference Committee deleted the House proposal and ordered the Pentagon to rescind its previous instructions. JWV National Commander Norman Rosenshein notes that this issue will reappear in the next Congress. "This legislative proposal will reappear and JWV must continue to be vigilant!" said Commander Rosenshein. JWV believes that military chaplains are there to be a resource for the commander. To be an effective resource, chaplains must be seen as supportive of each and every service member. No military personnel should ever feel that the chaplain sees them as different, as not saved, or as unwelcome. The chaplain must be there for all!


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