Freedom of Conscience in the Army?

Americans’ right to freedom of conscience is Constitutional and non-negotiable. With that in view, the law requires each chaplain to fulfill their duties without violating their conscience or the tenets of the specific faith-group that endorses their chaplaincy. Unfortunately, Chaplain Scott Squires is being subjected to a meandering investigation that could set a precedent for stripping all chaplains of their fundamental legal protections

That is the opening statement in a news release from Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins on the continuing case of Chaplain Scott Squires who faces potential disciplinary action by the United States Army for adhering to his church’s religious teaching on marriage.

Disciplinary action began against Squires because he could not conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat with same-sex couples due to the requirements of his chaplain-endorsing agency, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Squires had successfully ensured the soldier was placed in the next available Strong Bonds retreat conducted by another chaplain without restrictions, but the investigator concluded Squires’ conduct was discriminatory, and recommended that Squires be reprimanded.

Congressman Collins, himself a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserve, concluded:

The process surrounding this investigation remains extremely concerning, and Army officials now have the opportunity to deliver a swift, fair resolution after months of prolonging the case.

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About 90 days from the general election… guns, gays and immigration; more, we’re victims I say, and less, the campaign in ten words.


From the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention: “If we truly believe that Christ died for all and that He desires for all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (I Tim. 2:4) we need to be aware of harmful practices to avoid as we extend the gospel in Jesus’ name. Here are some big ones: Ranking sin- The Bible does teach that sexual sin carries heavier scars as a consequence. But that is true of all sexual sin. We need to rebuke all self-righteousness within our ranks that categorizes homosexuality as any… Read more »


According to an Army Times report, Squires actions followed “the requirements of his chaplain endorsing agency, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

Squires is represented by lawyers from First Liberty Institute. According to wikipedia, FLI won a judgement against the state of Georgia for wrongfully dismissing a doctor who was also a Seventh-Day Adventist lay minister after reviewing some of his sermons and religious speeches. I have a vague recollection of all this.