MILITARY ‘CHAPLAIN’ FOR ATHEISTS: If Lawmakers Agree, What’s next?


Gary Murphy of AmaWaterways

Members of Congress are set to square off over a push to create military chaplains for people who do not believe in God. They will be facing off over a recent push to create military chaplains for atheists. A chaplain is a pastor chosen to conduct religious exercises for a branch of the military, and represents a particular faith group for an institution. Why then, are some lawmakers pushing for the military to replace religious chaplains with non-religious chaplains for non-faith groups? In recent weeks, the effort to create atheist chaplains has been building. Supporters say that nearly a quarter of military members are unaffiliated with any religious preference, and they too should have someone to reach out to them. Some lawmakers call the idea ‘total nonsense.’ An atheist chaplain is contradictory, an oxymoron. Why not a secular psychologist? Why a chaplain? Chaplains are religious leaders, not counselors. If you take faith out of the equation, then you no longer have a chaplain.

ABOUT CHAPLAIN GORDON KLINGENSCHMITT… “Dr. Chaps” earned his PhD in Theology at Regent University, is an Air Force Academy graduate, motivational speaker and is the former U.S. Navy Chaplain who made national headlines after being vindicated by Congress, when he took a stand for the rights of military chaplains to pray publicly “in Jesus’ name.” By sacrificing his own 16-year career and a million dollar pension, by demanding his own court martial for the “crime” of worshiping in public, he inspired 300,000 petitioners, 85 percent of polled voters, 35 pro-family groups, and 75 Congressmen who mobilized to overturn the national military “non-sectarian prayer” policy, restoring the rights of military chaplains of all faiths to pray publicly, in uniform, according to the dictates of their conscience, even if they pray “in Jesus’ name.”
Date Recorded: 08/8/2013

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