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Tom Carpenter
Tom Carpenter is a former Marine, an A-4M and airline pilot, attorney, consultant and blogger. He served on the SLDN board for 16 years and was co-chair for 6 years. He is presently co-chair of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy. Tom lives in Los Angeles with his husband of 20 years, Art.

Entries by Tom Carpenter

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

(7) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Navy Chief of Chaplains-Rear Adm. Mark Tidd

The United States Constitution in Article VI, paragraph 3, states in part: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

Just last month,...

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Checkerboard Justice Cannot Stand

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:35 PM


Sixty years ago, on May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, which declared that racially segregated public schools were "inherently unequal." Much like the question of segregation in the...

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Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:59 PM


Several years ago, the co-chair of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy was standing in line in uniform waiting to be checked out of the Post Exchange. The gentleman behind him, who appeared to be retired military, said, "Chaplain, what do...

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Money Talks and Bigotry Walks

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona decided money talks loudly and persuasively. Had it not been for fierce public outcries about the potential harm to the state's economy, there is little doubt she would have signed Senate Bill 1062 into law. Both United States Senators from Arizona, the last Republican presidential...

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A Gathering Storm of Bigotry and Discrimination

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:54 PM

It's about time! Prompted by ever-vigilant bloggers, leading LGBT advocates have sounded a belated alarm about the steady stream of proposed state laws designed to deny basic human rights to LGBT Americans. If enacted, these self-proclaimed "religious liberty" laws would reduce every gay American...

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USAFA Closets Are for Clothes, Not Cadets

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (right) accepts the guidon from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III on Aug. 12, 2013, during the U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent change of command ceremony. Johnson is the Academy's 19th superintendent. (Official USAF photo)


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U.S. Air Force Academy -- It Doesn't Get Better

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:47 PM

USAFA Chapel by J. Seefried

Setting off yet another scandal, the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) has hired and promoted "ex-gay" cure advocate, Dr. Michael Rosebush, USAFA 1975, as a staff member for the Academy's Center of Character and...

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Separate Church From State and Guarantee Religious Liberty

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Since the Supreme Court ruled section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, there has been a loud hue and cry from some religious conservatives. They are now complaining the next step in the so-called attack on their " religious liberty" will be a government

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The Real Gay Agenda

(22) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:51 PM

Many of us remember the salacious 1993 video produced and circulated by the right wing to the Pentagon and Congressional leaders during the debate about lifting the ban on LGBT military service. The video, titled The Homosexual Agenda, was filled with outrageous scenes from pride parades and...

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Is It Time to Return to a Draft?

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Why should that question be asked unless someone can show the all-volunteer force (AVF) is not working and sustainable? A recently published book with the title Skin In the Game -- Poor Kids and Patriots, by retired Army Major General Dennis Laich, answers this question with a comprehensive...

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A "Crisis" Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline

(69) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 1:48 PM

Denominational executives and endorsers have become mission distracters, and are undermining the quality of care chaplains are sworn to provide for our service members. Those same religious leaders who opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), and who supported the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), have now engineered...

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Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Fellow Christians

(126) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Dr. Albert Mohler, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and current president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said this about those Christians who disagreed with him on the issue of Southern Baptist military chaplains and their ability to serve both God and Country:

Where will every...
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How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

(180) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 2:52 PM

"Pro Deo et Patria" ("for God and country") is the motto of the Army Chaplain Corps. No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in...

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Isn't a Humanist Military Chaplain an Oxymoron?

(11) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 11:28 AM

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 Navy recently received an application by...

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No Wedding Bells at the U.S.Naval Academy Main Chapel for This Couple

(105) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:27 AM


It was not a gay couple nor a lesbian couple who were denied a wedding at the United States Naval Academy Main Chapel (Main Chapel), but a straight one. Why? Simply because they...

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'Conscience Protections': A License to Bully

(10) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:18 PM

At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a company First Sergeant in the famed 82nd Airborne Division steps into a Company orderly room filled with junior soldiers both male and female. "I want all of you to know that I don't like this politically correct idea of allowing women in combat. As...

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'Conscience Protections': Death of the Military Chaplaincy?

(72) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Military leaders have long complained about the inequities created by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). They recognized that having two classes of service members was detrimental to unit morale, discipline and had an adverse impact on military readiness. Many celebrated the recent finding by the Supreme...

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New Coalition Demands Christian Privilege

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 6:03 PM

The most extreme proponents of conservative Christian privilege combined forces on July 9 in a briefing outside the Capitol building. This coalition included Tony Perkins and retired Army General Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council (FRC), retired Chaplain (Col) Ron Crews of the so-called Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty...

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Military Chaplains Cry Wolf

(34) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 3:24 PM

The decision by the United States Supreme Court declaring the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional has certain conservative Christian, Jewish and Muslim military chaplains crying wolf. These chaplains falsely claim that if they follow the law by recognizing the dignity of same gender legally married couples,...

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How to Fundraise Using Half Truths and Lies: Lessons From the Family Research Council

(26) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Yes, truth is indeed the first casualty in the ongoing religious wars.

But it turns out, NOT telling the truth is a good way to raise money. So why not take it to another level and use falsehoods, inuendoes and outright lies to rile up your base and...

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