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Wed Mar 21, 2018, 01:30 PM

U.S. Navy rejects "Humanist" chaplain; GOP influenced decision, according to report

BOOOO!!!

Despite a recommendation from the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory Board, the Navy has denied the application of Jason Heap to become the military’s first Humanist chaplain.

It comes in the wake of strong pushback to his appointment from congressional Republicans. Republican Senator Roger Wicker and nearly two dozen of his GOP colleagues wrote a letter to the Navy last week calling Heap’s potential approval a “grave mistake.”

Wicker was quick to celebrate Heap’s rejection in a press release today:

“The Navy’s leadership has done the right thing,” Wicker said. “The appointment of an atheist to an undeniably religious position is fundamentally incompatible with atheism’s secularism. This decision preserves the distinct religious role that our chaplains carry out.”


http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2018/03/21/after-intense-gop-pushback-u-s-navy-rejects-humanist-chaplains-application/

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msongs Mar 2018 #2
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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 01:38 PM

1. Who's the bully here?

Didn't I just read somewhere that atheists are bullies?

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Wed Mar 21, 2018, 01:59 PM

2. military should get rid of all chaplains priest etc. expensive and they

are hypocrites

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2018, 02:20 PM

3. I have to disagree.

Military personnel are often sent to places where opportunities to worship according to their faith is impossible. So, the military provides chaplains. I have no problem with that.

In fact, a Jewish chaplain at Lackland AFB helped me, as an atheist, to get dog tags that properly identified me as such during basic training. Without his help, I'd have spent my enlistment labeled as a Protestant. 1965. I understand that I was the first Airman to ever have that on my dog tags. Thanks, Rabbi!

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