02 May '13, 6pm

Pentagon: OK to talk about faith, but not to push beliefs on others

Bible in hand, a chaplain for the Mississippi Army National Guard, conducts chapel service in the field Sunday morning during the unit's annual training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in August 2012. Andy Thaggard/U.S. Army WASHINGTON — It’s OK to evangelize. But it’s not OK to proselytize. That’s what the Pentagon said Thursday, attempting to clarify its position on religious speech in uniform as controversy swirled up around press reports over possible prosecutions of troops for sharing their faith. What it comes down to, officials said, is that discussing matters of faith and religious practice with a willing audience is allowed, but pushing religious beliefs on those who don’t want to hear it is a form of harassment forbidden under Defense Department policies. “Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attem...

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