As previously noted, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to this year’s defense appropriations bill that bans the military from appointing humanist chaplains. Howard Friedman has some quotes from the debate on that amendment and some of the Republicans in favor of it were positively reveling in their dumbassery. Like Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma:
Mr. BRIDENSTINE…. My constituents back in Oklahoma are shaking their heads. The secular left is so invested in ripping God from everything that I must stand here with my friend Dr. Fleming in order to prohibit Obama’s Department of Defense from establishing an oxymoron–atheist chaplains….
Your constituents should be shaking their heads wondering what the hell you’re babbling about. How does the appointment of humanist chaplains “rip God from everything”? No one is suggesting that we eliminate religious chaplains, only that some of them should be non-religious so that the needs of 20% of the military who are not religious can be met.
And from the sponsor of the amendment:
Mr. FLEMING. Mr. Chairman, first of all, with all due respect to my good friend from Colorado, there is no way that an atheist chaplain or atheist whatever can minister to the spiritual needs of a Christian or a Muslim, or a Jew, for that matter….
In the final analysis, I believe that an atheist chaplain would be the last person in the world that we would want for a dying soldier who needs that last moment of counseling in their life.
Funny how he completely rejects the idea that an atheist chaplain could counsel a religious person, yet also believes that a religious chaplain should be able to counsel a non-religious one. A perfect example of Christian privilege — their belief is the default and everyone should accept it at all times. No one else matters.