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  • Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department of Defense announced Monday (Dec. 11).

    The announcement followed a federal judge's ruling the same day that allowed a court order to remain in effect that blocked President Trump's ban on transgender people in the armed forces. Trump said in a series of tweets in July the federal government would not permit people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the military. Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Chaplains, churches bolster U.S. troops

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On his first deployment, now-retired Brigadier General Chaplain Carlton Fisher was shot at one night while out for a jog. In Afghanistan, he was near several firefights. At one point, insurgents launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a tower on the forward operating base where he was stationed.

    Chaplains may serve as noncombatants in the military but that doesn't always mean they're far from combat when serving troops on the battlefield.

    During his final deployment in 2008, Fisher traveled with the 926th Engineer ... Read More

  • Transgender military ban setback may be appealed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge's decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban of transgender military service is "likely" to be overturned on appeal, says a former military attorney who serves as general counsel for the Missouri Baptist Convention.

    "The Obama Defense Department changed the longstanding policy just last year regarding transgender service in the military," Mike Whitehead, the Missouri convention's attorney and a former member of the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, told Baptist Press, "and President Trump merely changed it back. Read More

  • Trump issues transgender military directive

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to "return to the longstanding policy" of precluding transgender individuals from military service.

    In an Aug. 25 memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the Coast Guard, Trump directed the military to bar transgender individuals from entering the service. By March 23, 2018, the Armed Forces also must "halt all use" of government funds to pay for gender reassignment surgery for military personnel, Trump stated, "except to the extent ... Read More

  • New transgender military guidelines called 'wise'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration will bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the U.S. military and let Defense Secretary James Mattis decide whether those already in the military may continue to serve, according a Wall Street Journal report confirmed by other media outlets.

    The White House explained its policy in a two-and-a-half-page memo to the Pentagon, The Journal reported Wednesday (Aug. 23), fleshing out specific policy implications of President Trump's July 26 Twitter announcement that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any ... Read More

  • Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (6 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump suddenly reversed military policy on transgender individuals today (July 26), announcing on Twitter the United States would not "accept or allow" people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the armed forces.

    "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow [t]ransgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump said in a series of three tweets this morning. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you." Read More

  • Quilts, military outreach, VBS fortify church's CP

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Quilting, military ministry and Vacation Bible School keep Emmanuel Baptist Church members busy in Mountain Home, Idaho. The Cooperative Program, meanwhile, is a vital part of keeping missions and ministry in other parts of Idaho -- and beyond -- on their hearts. Read More

  • U.S. entry to WWI remembered as chaplaincy catalyst

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of the United States' entry to World War I is also, says former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver, the 100th anniversary of when "the U.S. military chaplaincy came into its own ... as a distinct branch of the Armed Services."

    Among Southern Baptists, April 2017 additionally marks the 100th anniversary of the North American Mission Board's assignment to coordinate Southern Baptist Convention participation in U.S. military chaplaincy -- initially under the auspices of NAMB's precursor, the Home Mission Board. Read More

  • Convict's release raises questions of pro-LGBT bias

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The commutation of a former U.S. soldier's espionage sentence has caused some to ask whether the reduced prison term is related to the inmate's transgender identity.

    The commutation also prompted Douglas Carver, the North American Mission Board's executive director of chaplaincy, to underscore the need for U.S. military chaplains "to engage all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of their gender identity." Read More