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Hagel questioned about Defense Department’s treatment of Christians in military

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found himself being peppered with questions about his department’s attitude toward Christianity and religious freedom in the military during testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Under questioning during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Hagel was asked by Rep. Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican, about a number of reported stories of concern to Christians and religious freedom advocates.

Forbes asked Hagel about an order issued that commanders can no longer inform their command of approved programs in the chaplain’s office.

Forbes also made reference to a report that an Air Force patch logo was removed because it referenced “God,” and another that the Department of the Navy was prohibiting Bibles from being used in Walter Reed hospital.

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