Thursday, February 9, 2012
Censorship over military chaplains...
Read one version of the story here.
A statement issued this afternoon from Archbishop Broglio's office acknowledged the interference this way:
Archbishop Broglio and the Archdiocese stand firm in the belief, based on legal precedent, that such a directive from the Army constituted a violation of his Constitutionally-protected right of free speech and the free exercise of religion, as well as those same rights of all military chaplains and their congregants.
Following a discussion between Archbishop Broglio and the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh, it was agreed that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the Archbishop's letter. Additionally, the line: "We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law" was removed by Archbishop Broglio at the suggestion of Secretary McHugh over the concern that it could potentially be misunderstood as a call to civil disobedience.
I am not sure what is more shocking -- that the government tried to censor this letter or that they assumed the people hearing it were so stupid that they would rise up in civil disobedience and break down the military chain of command. Clearly, either case represents a scandal. It will be interesting to find out how this story plays out in the liberal media.