"The Department of Defense respects, places a high value on and supports by policy the rights of members of the military services to observe the tenets of their respective religions or to have no religious beliefs," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, spokesman for the Defense Department. "The mission of the chaplain corps is to provide care and the opportunity for service members, their families and other authorized personnel to exercise their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion."
"The content of the lesson is provided to generate academic discussion concerning how these historical documents have been included in discussions about the topic of sexism," Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, told The Daily Caller.