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Military Chaplains

Religious Accommodation -- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Anyone who has ever watched a Congressional hearing knows it is a set up. The majority runs the show. They select the majority of witnesses for any given panel. The outcome is preordained.

Here's Why Veterans Don't Talk About It

David W. Peters | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
David W. Peters

In my conversations with veterans I often hear from their family members that, "He just never talks about it." Stories connect people, and veterans' families and friends want that connection, but veterans still don't talk about it. Why?

Ebola, Infection Control, and Religious Freedom

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

What do chaplains have to do with biological, viral threats? Military and health care chaplains have generally been on the front lines in the critical care and urgent emergency medical response to these new infectious agents.

Washington State Rabbi Becomes U.S. Air Force Chaplain With Beard Intact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

A Washington state rabbi didn’t have to split hairs when it came to joining the U.S. Air Force -- he came on board with his beard intact. Rabbi E...

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Military Chaplains Say Lourdes Is A 'Field Hospital' For Spiritual Healing

Catholic News Service | Carol Glatz | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

LOURDES, France (CNS) -- Military chaplains are used to hitting the road and heading where the hurt is as they tour bases, camps and veterans clinics....

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

Do Military Chaplains Face Discrimination?

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Lawmakers peppered Pentagon officials on Wednesday (Jan. 29) about claims that military chaplains have faced discrimination for their...

This Is What Our Military Looks Like

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

There are 1.5 million men and women who are actively serving the United States in uniform, and veterans make up many times that number. The U.S. Arme...

The Real Gay Agenda

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

The LGBT community must recognize that most of the battles that lie ahead in the fight for equality will be waged over the issue of "religious liberty." It is time for every fair-minded American to recognize the all-out assault on their fellow LGBT citizens, particularly those serving in uniform.

Senate Approves Bill For Military Chaplains

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to let military chaplains work despite the partial government shutdown. The Senate b...

Navy Chaplains Address Sexual Assault Problem

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Tim Townsend | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Kristen Leslie began her 2003 book, “When Violence Is No Stranger,” with a verse from Psalms, a nod to her training as a theologia...

A "Crisis" Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Because I recognize the important Constitutional role chaplains play, not only in the lives of service members and their families, but also as key members of a commander's special staff, I oppose the latest proposed "solution."

Faithfully Serving Those Who Serve: Maryland Houses of Worship Lift Up National Guardsmen

Chaplain William Sean Lee | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Chaplain William Sean Lee

When we bring religious groups into the circle of resources available to those who serve, we can better support Guardsmen and women spread across the state, some of whom live hours from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) facility.

New Rules Forbid Catholic Chaplains From Performing Funerals For Gay Couples

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseli...

Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Fellow Christians

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This "crisis in the chaplaincy" is a self-inflicted wound caused by those who want special rights for service members and chaplains who share their particular conservative religious beliefs.

Does Faith Make A Difference?

Chaplain Mark R. Johnston | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chaplain Mark R. Johnston

Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.

Military Chaplains: Religious Freedom in the Public Square

Bishop James Magness | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

In my opinion this unnecessary bill, Section 529 of HR 1960, is something of a "Trojan horse." It is a thinly veiled initiative which will allow some Christian chaplains to offer prayers in the spoken name of "Jesus Christ" whenever and wherever they are with whomever they happen to be gathered.

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

Isn't a Humanist Military Chaplain an Oxymoron?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Must a military chaplain believe in God? We shall soon find out the answer to that question and it will inform us if the Chaplain Corps truly understands what the Constitution and the Supreme Court say about religious liberty.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

Why Would Atheists in the Military Want Their Own Chaplains?

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The debate over humanist chaplains in the military has been heating up recently. Last week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered several of the most common sentiments held by those who oppose the effort to create this resource for nonreligious members of the military.

Why Congress Cannot Bar an Atheist Military Chaplain

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The military and Congress are sworn to protect the Constitution, which guarantees the free practice of religion. Insisting on belief in God (as if it were self-evident what the word "God" means) is a violation of the religious freedom of those in military service, including chaplains.

'Conscience Protections': Death of the Military Chaplaincy?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Many military chaplains celebrated the recent finding that DOMA was unconstitutional, not just because as a matter of justice, but also because overturning this law will make their jobs much easier. Some conservative chaplains who serve an important function supporting these commanders do not agree. Why?

New Coalition Demands Christian Privilege

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The most extreme proponents of conservative Christian privilege combined forces on July 9 in a briefing outside the Capitol building. This coalition i...