TV News LIES

Thursday, Apr 24th

Last update02:25:33 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...


US soldier accused of killing two teens in Iraq as military investigates

US soldier chargedThe two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where...

Army’s Ban on Some Popular Hairstyles Raises Ire of Black Female Soldiers

Army ban on hairstylesWith time running out on a petition seeking a revision on Army regulations that ban certain...

Judge OKs Chelsea Manning name change request

Chelsea ManningA Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted...

U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

US special forces suicides Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record...
 
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!