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Collins statement on developments in Army chaplain religious liberty case

Aug 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement regarding the ongoing investigation of U.S. Army Chaplain Maj. Scott Squires:

“Americans’ right to freedom of conscience is Constitutional and non-negotiable. With that in view, the law requires each chaplain to fulfill their duties without violating their conscience or the tenets of the specific faith-group that endorses their chaplaincy. Unfortunately, Chaplain Scott Squires is being subjected to a meandering investigation that could set a precedent for stripping all chaplains of their fundamental legal protections.”

“The Army’s most recent report comes from the same officer who authored the original and flawed account of the case. This newest chapter is riddled with language that seems inconsistent and potentially biased against the faith community. It further prolongs an investigative process that suffers from a woeful lack of transparency, even though religious liberty, as Constitutional law, is legally paramount.”

“The case of Chaplain Scott Squires highlights how imperative it is that we protect freedom of conscience for every individual in the U.S. military—including the chaplains who minister to them as they carry out the military’s mission together. The process surrounding this investigation remains extremely concerning, and Army officials now have the opportunity to deliver a swift, fair resolution after months of prolonging the case.”

Collins is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the only military chaplain serving in Congress.