Military Personnel and Freedom of Religion: Selected Legal Issues

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This report provides an overview of the requirements of the First Amendment related to military personnel's religious exercise. It analyzes current constitutional and statutory requirements regarding religious exercise, and provides a framework for how Congress and the courts might consider future issues that arise related to service members' religious exercise. Specifically, the report examines the limitations placed on service members in uniform in the exercise of their religious beliefs. It also examines the role of military chaplains and the legal challenges associated with publicly funding religious personnel. The report analyzes efforts by Congress and the Department of Defense to address the constitutional concerns that are raised by these issues.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: February 1, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Creator (Author):
Mason, R. Chuck

Legislative Attorney

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Brougher, Cynthia

Legislative Attorney

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: February 1, 2011
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United States
Description:

This report provides an overview of the requirements of the First Amendment related to military personnel's religious exercise. It analyzes current constitutional and statutory requirements regarding religious exercise, and provides a framework for how Congress and the courts might consider future issues that arise related to service members' religious exercise. Specifically, the report examines the limitations placed on service members in uniform in the exercise of their religious beliefs. It also examines the role of military chaplains and the legal challenges associated with publicly funding religious personnel. The report analyzes efforts by Congress and the Department of Defense to address the constitutional concerns that are raised by these issues.

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20 pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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