THE BLAZE – Navy Boot Camp Accused of ‘Repugnant and Illicit Behavior’ Over Recent Rule Change That Impacts Religious Minorities

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An military activist is coming to the defense of a civilian Druid leader who reportedly received an email earlier this month telling him that he could no longer lead faith gatherings at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, calling the Navy’s treatment of religious minorities both “repugnant and illicit.”

John Chantry, 72, claims that he received notification on April 3, that the religious gatherings he had hosted for between 75 and 250 recruits over the past three years would no longer be allowed to take place under his leadership, the Navy Times reported. […]

[…] But Chantry has Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation on his side — the leader of a group that regularly pinpoints perceived violations of the First Amendment in the armed forces, with Weinstein penning a letter to commanding officer Capt. Doug Pfeifle.

In his letter, Weinstein told Pfeifle that he has never “seen a commander authorize such a sweeping abuse of the religious freedoms of those under their leadership,” saying that it is perfectly acceptable under Navy regulations to allow volunteers to run religious activities for minority faiths on the premises. [read more]

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