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Category Archive: Military

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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Aug 06 2013

More Nonsense on Atheist Chaplains

The torrent of nonsense in opposition to the appointment of humanist chaplains in the military continues to flow, this time from Wallace Henry, an “exclusive columnist” for the Christian Post. He trots out the old “atheism is a religion” line and thinks this will only make that claim more true.

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Aug 02 2013

Why Humanist Chaplains Matter

As the House Republicans continue to show that they will do anything they can to maintain Christian privilege in the military, Kathleen Johnson provides a perfect example of why humanist chaplains are needed in the military at the Rock Beyond Belief blog. This is the true story of someone she knows personally:

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Aug 01 2013

Rex Murphy: Irrational Columnist

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I don’t know who Rex Murphy is. I’d never heard of him until I saw his column in the National Post about the “angry atheist.” I do know that he’s fixated on an almost cartoonish straw man version of non-believers plucked from his own imagination. (I also know that the National Post doesn’t think much …

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Jul 31 2013

Dumbass Quotes of the Day

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 …

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Jul 29 2013

Marine Policy Says Lack of Faith a Risk

You may remember a couple years ago when the Army was forced to change its policy after reporting on this network revealed the “spiritual fitness test” required of soldiers that denigrated non-religious personnel. Now the Marines have been caught doing something quite similar. Official policy in at least two documents identifies those without religious belief …

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Jul 29 2013

House Forbids Humanist Chaplains

A push has been on to get the military to allow the appointment of at least a handful of humanist chaplains to represent the needs of non-theistic members of the military. Naturally, the Republican party is totally against that idea and the House just voted for an amendment to forbid that from happening.

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Jul 03 2013

WND: DOMA Ruling Harms National Security!

As soon as I saw a headline at the Worldnutdaily that said “Expert on military readiness says budget’s burden for benefits will explode,” I knew that “expert” would be Elaine Donnelly. She’s not really an expert on this, of course. Sure, she runs a group called the Center for Military Readiness, but she has no …

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Jun 26 2013

A Soldier’s Suicide Note

Gawker publishes a letter written by Daniel Somers, a soldier who served in Iraq both as a machine gunner and as an interrogator, to his family before he killed himself only two weeks ago. It’s difficult to read without crying, though I don’t know why anyone would try to do so. What he says about …

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Jun 25 2013

Bill Would Restore Honorable Discharges to Gay Soldiers

Reps. Charlie Rangel and Mark Pocan have submitted a bill that would restore honorable discharges to more than a hundred thousand soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who were given dishonorable discharges from the military merely for being gay.

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Jun 21 2013

Syria: Kerry Wanted Airstrikes

Jeffrey Goldberg reports that Secretary of State John Kerry wanted President Obama to go much further in his shift in policy in Syria. He wanted Obama to order air strikes at targets inside Syria that are controlled by Assad but the Pentagon was strongly opposed to the idea.

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Jun 21 2013

Misogynist Quote of the Day

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal likes to pretend to be one of the more sane and reasonable conservative voices. This column may well kill any chance he had of doing that. Discussing a general whose promotion is being challenged because she overruled a military jury that convicted an officer of rape, he writes …

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