Navy allows service members to attend church during COVID-19
The U.S. Navy has clarified an order on in-person gatherings to allow personnel to gather for indoor worship services after members of Congress raised concern that the order barred service members from attending churches and houses of worship.
Last month, the First Liberty Institute, a legal group representing service members, voiced concern that a June 24 order barred service members from attending indoor worship gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic while permitting other, secular forms of indoor activity....
The problem, Mike, is that military members do not have full Constitutional rights. They take an oath to defend others but set their own aside. Free speech, freedom of assembly, and a variety of other rights get curtailed. I remember learning that my vote wasn't counted unless the election results were close enough to actually bother with those mail in ballots.
I will never fully regain my right to free speech. Anything I publish must be reviewed by some entity in DC.
So it is not surprising that Navy sailors were ordered to avoid gatherings for worship.
Every officer in the US military takes an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the US. ( They don't take an oath to defend the president or the government, by the way, should there be a conflict of interest.) This should simplify what they are allowed to do regarding the First Amendment. It isn't the Navy allowing the gatherings, it's the Navy was reminded of their lawful duty. Of course it must be recognized that officers don't always know what the Constitution they are supposed to defend says, any more than many Congressmen or judges do.
Definition:Â Â The Catholic liturgy centered around the unbloody sacrifice of Jesus on the altar by the priest. The liturgy includes a procession, a penitential prayer, several Bible readings, a short homily or sermon, the profession of the Nicene Creed, intercessory prayers, and the sacrificial offering of wafers and wine. Attendance at Mass is one of the â€śfive precepts of the Catholic Church,â€ť a list of the minimal requirements for heaven. Failure to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligations is a mortal sin, resulting in hell if not properly confessed to a priest.
Discussion:Â Mandatory attendance for Catholics at Mass under risk of punishment in hell is an unbiblical fiction that binds the conscience and leads to an attitude of joyless obligation. The repeated sacrifices of what is alleged to be the actual body and blood of Jesus denies the completed â€śonce for all timeâ€ť sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (Heb. 7:27; 9:12,26,28; 10:10).
Difficult position to put a sailor in. When one joins the US military, he is not his own person anymore. He belongs to his superiors. Rights are abridged in the effort to have a cogent fighting force. This is particularly hard on the junior enlisted mbr, who is more likely to be on the ship, in berthing ashore, or family housing. Too many eyes would see the man or family coming and going.
Junior officers risk their careers to cross their COs or get caught making their status conscience COs look bad.
How can a bondsman please two masters? Ephesians 6 gives some idea, but at some point, he must obey God rather than man.
Uh oh. Does Mikey Weinstein ( â€ś my precious â€ś) know about this? I bet Mikey â€ś Gollumâ€ť Weinstein can stop that practice on a dime. Heâ€™s able to stop military museums from showing displays of footlockers with boots, socks, skiveys and a battered Bible in the sock slot, Heâ€™ll stop church.