HUFFINGTON POST – National Day of Prayer 2014 Postmortem — U.S. Military Endorses Calling its Commander-in-Chief the “Abortion President”

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Last Thursday, despite being in violation of a plethora of its own regulations, the Department of Defense allowed a whole bunch of uniformed military personnel to participate in Shirley Dobson’s National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill. As I wrote prior to the event, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation(MRFF) had written not one, but two, letters to the Secretary of Defense listing all of the DoD regulations that allowing this participation clearly violated. MRFF’s first letter informed the Secretary of Defense of the regulations prohibiting military participation in events run by non-federal entities such as Ms. Dobson’s NDP Task Force, which is usually enough to get things like this stopped. Ms. Dobson’s organization, however, attempted to circumvent these very clear military regulations by claiming that the event wasn’t run by her organization, but run by Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) with the assistance of NDP Task Force, and succeeded.

Despite a second letter from MRFF listing all of the other military regulations prohibiting participation in the event regardless of whether it was being run by Ms. Dobson’s Task Force or Congressman Aderholt, the Pentagon allowed a military brass quintet, a military color guard, a military vocalist singing the national anthem, a military speaker, and a military chaplain to appear, providing the U.S. Military’s endorsement of the particular religious and political views promoted at it.

I’ll get to the stuff about those pesky military regulations that were violated in a minute, but first, you may have heard about one attendee at the event, Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA), who had the guts to get up and walk out when Ms. Dobson’s husband, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson was speaking. Why did Rep. Hahn walk out on Mr. Dobson? Because he used the platform of this supposedly non-partisan and non-political event to spew forth his anti-Obama venom, calling Obama the “abortion president.”

Reading the statements Rep. Hahn made about why she walked out of the event, what struck me is that this congresswoman sounds exactly like so many of the service members who come to MRFF for help.

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