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Military Chaplains

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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...

Military Chaplains Cry Wolf

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Contrary to the allegations being made by some conservative groups and commentators, no military chaplain has been, or ever will be, required to perform a same gender wedding if to do so would be contrary to their faith tradition or religious beliefs.

The First Casualty Of Religious Wars Is Truth

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Over the past decades, conservative Christians have had almost full reign within the military, and they disproportionally make up most of the Chaplaincy. In the last several years, though, there has been closer scrutiny of the conduct of certain chaplains and commanders who have used their positions to advance their own religious beliefs.

Veterans Day: Healing The Wounds Of Those Who've Served Us -- A Spiritual Perspective

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

For people of faith, the significant challenge is whether or not we will recognize, remember and care for those who have served us in uniform during the other 364 days of the year.

For Air Force Academy Cadets, Faith Traditions Spark Innovation

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Ravi Chaudhary

At the Air Force Academy, the subject of religion has always been the proverbial elephant in the room. Yet, instead of ignoring the elephant, a group of cadets decided to welcome it by holding the first-ever Hindu Ganesh prayer at the USAF Academy.

'Ministry by Presence' and the Difference it Made at Abu Ghraib

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Both through the reforms ordered by senior commanders and through the pro-active ministries of these new chaplains, Abu Ghraib was transformed.

Andrea Stone

Soldiers Say Army Chaplain Turned Suicide Prevention Class Into Prayer Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

During an Army-wide stand down for suicide prevention sessions, a Christian chaplain in Texas improperly led rookie soldiers in a candlelight prayer, ...