WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Liberty Institute Senior Counsel and Director of Military Affairs Mike Berry will testify before the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee on Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2 PM ET in Washington, D.C.
Berry, who served for seven years as an attorney in the U.S. Marine Corps—including a combat tour in Afghanistan, and an invitation to teach law at the U.S. Naval Academy—will speak on the state of religious rights for military service members and how well recent changes to Department of Defense (DOD) policies are being implemented. Follow this link to watch the subcommittee hearing LIVE online: http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/hearings-display?ContentRecord_id=72C130E3-9ACD-4DDC-84AF-0814B9ADB28E
"Despite Congress' noble cause and tireless efforts, there is still significant religious hostility in the military. My goal is to provide real-life examples of the current religious climate in the military for the Military Personnel Subcommittee. I won't sugar coat anything. I'll give them the good, the bad and the ugly," said Berry. "Liberty Institute is one of only a handful of organizations that represents service members who have experienced the fear, intimidation, and embarrassment that results from religious hostility. I'm going to tell Congress the stories of those who have actually suffered as a result of such hostility."
While Berry acknowledges that legal action from Liberty Institute and others has helped the DOD move in the right direction—especially with the Air Force's recent revised policy governing religious accommodation in the Air Force—he says there is still much work to be done to protect the constitutional rights of our service members.
Liberty Institute is a national nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches, in the military and throughout the public arena. Liberty's vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation's Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.
SOURCE Liberty Institute