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Protection of Conscience Chaplains - Amendment to be offered in committee to HR 4310, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act on May 9, 2012

Protection of Conscience Chaplains - Amendment to be offered in committee to HR 4310, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act on May 9, 2012

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U.S. Congressloon Todd Akin (R-MO) has introduced an amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would protect service members and chaplains who oppose gay and lesbian service members. The underlying bill, HR 4310, is presently in the House Armed Services Committee, and Akin's amendment will be considered there, perhaps today or tomorrow (May 9 or 10, 2012).

Akin’s amendment would require the Defense Department to “accommodate the conscience and sincerely held moral principles and religious beliefs” of every member “concerning the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality.” It also prohibits discrimination against a chaplain who reuses to perform any duty, rite or ceremony that is “contrary to the conscience, moral principle or religious beliefs” of either the chaplain or of the faith group sponsoring the chaplain.
U.S. Congressloon Todd Akin (R-MO) has introduced an amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would protect service members and chaplains who oppose gay and lesbian service members. The underlying bill, HR 4310, is presently in the House Armed Services Committee, and Akin's amendment will be considered there, perhaps today or tomorrow (May 9 or 10, 2012).

Akin’s amendment would require the Defense Department to “accommodate the conscience and sincerely held moral principles and religious beliefs” of every member “concerning the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality.” It also prohibits discrimination against a chaplain who reuses to perform any duty, rite or ceremony that is “contrary to the conscience, moral principle or religious beliefs” of either the chaplain or of the faith group sponsoring the chaplain.

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 A
MENDMENT TO
H.R. 4310O
FFERED BY
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KIN OF
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ISSOURI
 At the end of subtitle C of title V, insert the fol-lowing:
SEC. 5
 ll 
. PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE OF
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MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND
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CHAPLAINS OF SUCH MEMBERS.
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(a) P
ROTECTION
.—Chapter 53 of title 10, United
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States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1034
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the following new section:
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‘‘§1034a. Protection of rights of conscience of mem-
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bers of the Armed Forces and chaplains
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of such members
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‘‘(a) P
ROTECTION OF
R
IGHTS OF
C
ONSCIENCE
.—The
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 Armed Forces shall accommodate the conscience and sin-
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cerely held moral principles and religious beliefs of the
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members of the Armed Forces concerning the appropriate
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and inappropriate expression of human sexuality and may 
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not use such conscience, principles, or beliefs as the basis
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of any adverse personnel action, discrimination, or denial
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of promotion, schooling, training, or assignment. Nothing
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in this subsection precludes disciplinary action for conduct
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2that is proscribed by chapter 47 of this title (the Uniform
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Code of Military Justice).
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‘‘(b) P
ROTECTION OF
C
HAPLAINS
.—(1) For purposes
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of this title, a military chaplain is—
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‘‘(A) a certified religious leader or clergy of a
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faith community who, after satisfying the profes-
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sional and educational requirements of the commis-
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sioning service, is commissioned as an officer in the
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Chaplains Corps of one of the branches of the
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 Armed Forces; and
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‘‘(B) a representative of the faith group of the
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chaplain, who remains accountable to the endorsing
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faith group for the religious ministry involved to
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members of the Armed Forces, to—
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‘‘(i) provide for the religious and spiritual needs
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of members of the Armed Forces of that faith group;
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and
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‘‘(ii) facilitate the religious needs of members of 
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the Armed Forces of other faith groups.
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‘‘(2) No member of the Armed Forces may—
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‘‘(A) direct, order, or require a chaplain to per-
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form any duty, rite, ritual, ceremony, service, or
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function that is contrary to the conscience, moral
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principles, or religious beliefs of the chaplain, or con-
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