Rep. Joe Wilson: ‘Religious Accommodations Promote Military Readiness’

A catholic Navy chaplain gives communion to a L.T. j.g. / AP


The Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.) said in a hearing Wednesday that religious liberty in the military would benefit the armed services.

Wilson told the subcommittee on military personnel in his opening statement that the military has had a long history of promoting religious liberty and accommodations would promote "military readiness" if they were executed in a balanced way.

"I believe we can maintain a proper balance between religious accommodations which will promote military readiness, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline This should not present challenges for the military services," Wilson said. "Chaplains have always been vital to our military. One of the strengths of our military is its diversity with mutual respect and as such it has been important for Congress to work with the Department of Defense to ensure that appropriate statutory and regulatory guidance is in place in order for the services to the meet important spiritual and religious needs of their troops."