FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos an August 9 letter requesting the U.S. Marines stop violating the freedom of conscience of nonreligious Marines. FFRF's letter follows one sent by MRFF earlier this month requesting the offending clause in the order be changed.

The order lists factors that could lead to "loss of life or diminished functioning." Under the "guidance/moral compass" category the U.S. Marine Corps lists "lack or loss of spiritual faith" as one of four risk factors.

"It is deeply offensive and grossly inappropriate for the military to suggest that Marines are at risk because they 'lack spiritual faith," Seidel wrote. "Imagine how it feels to be told by the military that your reasoned, intellectual conclusion that unsupported religious claims are untrue is dangerous 'risky behavior' that requires monitoring."