Conscience Rights & Religious Freedom
October 26, 2011
Twenty-four hours after final repeal of the 1993 law usually called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on September 20, Defense Department officials revealed their true intent regarding same-sex marriage in the military.  In two policy memoranda, the Pentagon authorized the use of military facilities for "private ceremonies," and the option for chaplains to conduct those "functions" without official endorsement by the Defense Department. . . Read More

October 5, 2006

On September 13, 2006, Sen.George Allen (R-VA) raised the issue of women in combat in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate. According to news reports, the Allen campaign sponsored a high-profile news conference criticizing a Washingtonian magazine article titled “Women Can’t Fight,” written by Democratic challenger James Webb in 1979.

Video of female former officers and Naval Academy graduates who spoke at that news conference, is prominently displayed on Allen’s campaign website. In response, Webb has lined up military women to speak on his behalf. It would be far more reassuring if the candidates would take this issue seriously, instead of using military women as campaign props. . . Read More

October 7, 2005
There is no reason to doubt the integrity of White House Counsel Harriet Miers, a person whom President George W. Bush trusts and has nominated to the Supreme Court. The Center for Military Readinessis concerned, however, about her actions as White House Counsel on legal matters affecting the military. Ms. Miers does not have a judicial paper trail, but to the greatest extent possible the Senate should consider her record as the president’s chief legal advisor. According to the White House 2001 Project, the Office of White House Counsel sits at the intersection of law, politics and policy. Because of this blend of responsibilities, the most essential function a Counsel can perform for a president is to act as an “early warning system” for potential legal trouble spots. We wish there were some evidence that Ms. Miers has been sufficiently vigilant on matters of concern to CMR. . . Read More

August 18, 2005
CMR has learned that several liberal members of Congress, led by feminists Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Susan Davis (D-CA), are working hard to deny any role for Congress in decisions regarding military orders to force(not allow) female soldiers into or near direct ground combat. This is the message of a disingenuous “Dear Colleague” letter circulated by the two women last week with the support of fellow Armed Services Committee members Marty Meehan (D-MA), Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Rick Larsen (D-WA). On the Senate side, Armed Services Committee member Hillary Clinton (D-NY) proposed a resolution to “uphold the role of women serving in combat zones.”. . .
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August 18, 2005
During upcoming hearings on the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court, senators should inquire about the nominee’s philosophy on the tradition of judicial deference to the military. They should also make sure that Judge Roberts does not agree with retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that foreign court rulings may be used as guidance in America’s courts. These constitutional principles will greatly affect issues of concern to civilians as well as the military. Examples include the constitutionality of women’s exemption from Selective Service registration, religious practices at military installations and service academies, the law banning homosexuals from the military, and the Solomon Amendment—legislation that withholds government funds from colleges that discriminate against military recruiters. . . Read More

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