TV News LIES

Friday, Apr 29th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Military Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military

Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military

E-mail Print PDF

Atheists seek chaplain role in US militaryIn the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But an atheist?

Strange as it sounds, groups representing atheists and secular humanists are pushing for the appointment of one of their own to the chaplaincy, hoping to give voice to what they say is a large -- and largely underground -- population of nonbelievers in the military.

Joining the chaplain corps is part of a broader campaign by atheists to win official acceptance in the military. Such recognition would make it easier for them to raise money and meet on military bases. It would help ensure that chaplains, religious or atheist, would distribute their literature, advertise their events and advocate for them with commanders.

But winning the appointment of an atheist chaplain will require support from senior chaplains, a tall order. Many chaplains are skeptical: Do atheists belong to a "faith group," a requirement for a chaplain candidate? Can they provide support to religious troops of all faiths, a fundamental responsibility for chaplains?

Jason Torpy, a former Army captain who is president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, said humanist chaplains would do everything religious chaplains do, including counsel troops and help them follow their faiths. But just as a Protestant chaplain would not preside over a Catholic service, a humanist might not lead a religious ceremony, though he might help organize it.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Federal Court won't force release of more drone-killing info

Drone strikesA federal appeals court has rebuffed an effort to force the Obama administration to release more...

In a changing US Army, turbans and hijabs allowed

Turbans allowed in US militaryThis week, the Army granted three Sikh soldiers long-term clearance to wear their beards and turbans,...

Pentagon: 22 percent of military bases will be excess by 2019

Pentagon to close basesA Pentagon report to Congress found 22 percent of U.S. military bases and facilities will be...

Army approves 22 women as infantry, armor officers

Women infantry officers- The Army approved requests from 22 women to become the first female infantry and armor...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!