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Category Archive: Military

Nov 05 2013

Hagel Orders Equality for National Guard Soldiers

After the Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of DOMA in June, the Pentagon said that all soldiers with legal same-sex spouses of military personnel were eligible for the same benefits given to opposite-sex spouses. But many anti-gay governors have refused such benefits to National Guard members in their state. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered …

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Oct 30 2013

Air Force Makes Religion Optional in Oath

In a victory for secularism prompted by action from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Air Force Academy has made the phrase “so help me God” optional in the Cadet Honor Oath. Naturally, the wingnuts are freaking out over it, like the American Family Association.

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Oct 28 2013

The Latest Faux Outrage: ‘Girly Hats’

Just when you thought the wingnuts couldn’t be any more ridiculous than they already are, we have the latest faux outrage from the right: Obama is going to make Marines were “girly hats” in an attempt to “emasculate the military.” Never mind that the entire story is false from the start.

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Sep 14 2013

Fischer: Obama has Criminalized Christianity in Military

Bryan Fischer got his outrage machine cranked up to 11 on his radio show recently, claiming that now that gay people aren’t thrown out of the military for being gay, Obama “has made it a criminal offense to be a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ” and is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of Christians. Well …

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Sep 13 2013

No Gay Weddings for Southern Baptist Chaplains

The North American Mission Board, which certifies chaplains for the Southern Baptist Convention, has released a set of guidelines for their chaplains forbidding them from performing any same-sex weddings. Fair enough, that’s certainly expected and acceptable. But those guidelines seem to go much further than that and help reveal the importance of having humanist chaplains …

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Sep 11 2013

A Possible Political Solution in Syria

This growing boondoggle on Syria gets more absurd by the day. Monday morning, John Kerry held a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and, of course, the questions were all about Syria. When a reporter asked if there was anything Assad could do to avoid military action by the United States, he …

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Sep 05 2013

Rios: Women, Gays Will Undermine Syria Effort

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association apparently thinks women and gay people can’t aim a Tomahawk missile. On her radio show she actually claimed that the “homosexual takeover” of the military and the presence of women means that our Navy ships won’t be effective in bombing Libya.

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Sep 05 2013

WND Can’t Make Up Its Mind on Syria

Joseph Farah’s Worldnetdaily has a problem. They just can’t seem to make up their mind about Obama’s actions toward Syria, so they’re criticizing him for contradictory things. Obama is horribly wrong because he’s going to bomb Syria and support the Muslim extremist, Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels AND he’s horribly wrong and abdicating his role as commander-in-chief …

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Sep 03 2013

Obama to Seek Congressional Approval. Kind Of.

President Obama surprised people late last week by almost kinda pretending to make his behavior consistent with his rhetoric by asking for congressional approval before he bombs Syria. The man who once said the president could not take military action without congressional approval except in an immediate and necessary response to an imminent threat — …

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Sep 03 2013

Military Leaders Skeptical of Syria Bombing

I have long said that I trust the military leadership to make important decisions on the use of American military power far more than I do elected officials of either party. Politicians tend to make decisions on specious, self-serving grounds and be far too beholden to the defense industry to make rational decisions that actually …

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Aug 28 2013

Is Obama Planning Intervention in Syria?

It appears that President Obama is preparing a military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We have no idea what sort of military response. I doubt it will be boots on the ground, at least not yet. More likely some strategic bombing of specific targets. Here’s the evidence that such planning is …

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Aug 21 2013

Potential Humanist Chaplain Profiled

The LA Times has an article about Jason Heap, who has applied with the U.S. Navy to be the first (official) humanist chaplain in the military. He’s an impressive guy, with a master’s in ecclesiastical history from Oxford. And he’s been endorsed by the Humanist Society, which is affiliated with the Quakers.

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Aug 20 2013

Klingenschmitt: Obama Building Atheist Army

Gordon Klingenschmitt was thrown out of the Navy for refusing to follow lawful orders but he’s convinced others (and maybe himself) that he was the victim of persecution. But that’s just the beginning, he told Dove TV. Obama is now building an all-atheist military to attack and kill Christians. I want some of what he’s …

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Aug 09 2013

Air Force to Allow Non-Religious Oath

We’re all used to good work on separation of church and state from groups like Americans United, the ACLU, American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, but the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has won some big victories lately. Here’s the latest:

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Aug 09 2013

Group of Chaplains Endorses Atheist Chaplains

A group of former chaplains has issued a letter supporting the appointment of humanist chaplains in the military, which is in line, I think, with how most chaplains view their job. Most chaplains, I’m told, are not like Gordon Klingenschmitt. Most of them see their job as helping all soldiers, regardless of their religion, without …

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