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Leaked Air Force Legal Opinion Approves Religious Expression

Feb 22, 2019

By Paul Rosenberg

In apparent defiance of its own regulations and the First Amendment, the judge advocate general (JAG) of the Air Force has issued an opinion approving religious expression during an official change of command ceremony.

The opinion, which was leaked to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation(and a copy of which was shared with this reporter), allows even more expansive expression during a purportedly “private” promotion ceremony, conducted after a mere ten-minute break. Going beyond lax enforcement of recent cases, MRFF President Mikey Weinstein called it “a direct and defiant nuclear attack against the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.”

“The JAG opinion is definitely wrong,” Andrew Seidel, counsel for the Freedom From Religion Foundation told RD. Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, agreed.

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