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Text of To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that every military chaplain has the prerogative to close a prayer ...

...close a prayer outside of a religious service according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience.

This bill was introduced on January 7, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 7, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 268

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 7, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to ensure that every military chaplain has the prerogative to close a prayer outside of a religious service according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience.

1.

Protection of the religious freedom of military chaplains to close a prayer outside of a religious service according to the dictates of the chaplain’s conscience

(a)

United States Army

Section 3547 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(c)

If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience.

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(b)

United States Military Academy

Section 4337 of such title is amended—

(1)

by inserting (a) before There; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(b)

If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, the Chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the dictates of the Chaplain’s conscience.

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(c)

United States Navy and Marine Corps

Section 6031 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience.

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(d)

United States Air Force

Section 8547 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(c)

If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience.

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(e)

United States Air Force Academy

Section 9337 of such title is amended—

(1)

by inserting (a) before There; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(b)

If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, the Chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the dictates of the Chaplain’s conscience.

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