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Sat May 6, 2017, 09:01 AM

 

Military perplexed after Trump says soldiers couldn't get religious items

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 7:22 AM ET, Fri May 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump signed an executive order promoting religious liberty on Thursday, he singled out the US military for preventing troops from receiving religious items.

"People were forbidden from giving or receiving religious items at a military hospital where our brave service members were being treated, and when they wanted those religious items," Trump said at the signing ceremony. "These were great, great people. These are great soldiers. They wanted those items. They were precluded from getting them."

It was a comment that raised eyebrows at the Pentagon.

Pentagon officials are adamant there is no policy that prohibits members of the military from receiving religious items at military installations.

Military hospitals are considered the same as a military base, so security and patient privacy concerns require that any donation of any outside items by non-military groups be reviewed and distributed with chaplains overseeing religious matters. And no outside group can enter a hospital or a patients room without permission, according to defense officials.

But that doesn't mean service members there can't receive religious items. Indeed, service members have the option of declaring their faith in their personnel records so chaplains of that religion can ensure they get whatever religious items or services they wish.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/pentagon-trump-religious-liberty-executive-order/

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:36 AM

1. Typical. Someone sees an inflammatory crawl on Fux 'News'

saying something to the effect that "Service members now PROHIBITED from receiving religious articles in military hospitals", some other bottom-feeding WH staffer whispers it where his Dumbness can hear it and, voila - we have a new Executive Order prohibiting that horrible practice. Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about - that's Presidenting!

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #1)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:44 AM

2. Just too much effort to call Pentagon before BS reigns from his mouth?

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Response to chelsea0011 (Reply #2)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:45 AM

3. You don't understand - his Dumbness doesn't do "checking facts"

He has his own, infallible 'gut feeling' which tells him what the 'real deal' is.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 11:46 AM

4. He's repeating BS heard during the Obama administration

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