Veterans in Defense of Liberty Action Committee is a 527 political organization dedicated to recruit, educate, train and motivate veterans to run for public office who are irrevocably committed to uphold and fight for constitutional privileges. We feel it our immense duty to preserve the rights and privileges of these individuals while maintaining the fight for Our Republic and Our Freedom.
The lower court’s decision in this case creates a world of religious (non-)liberty for the military alone. It eviscerates the broad religious protections provided by federal law by impermissibly narrowing the statutory term “exercise of religion.” In particular, the lower court’s requirement that LCpl Sterling demonstrate that her religion observance was “part of a system of religious belief” runs afoul of well-established Supreme Court precedent and is out of step with the decisions of the other federal courts of appeals. This is especially important because, as this brief argues, the burden on LCpl Sterling’s religious exercise was substantial.