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 taking place:
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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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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 smoking.
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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 proselytizing. The letter says, in part:
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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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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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Rex Murphy: Irrational Columnist

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 of fair use. They make it impossible to cut and paste from their site even to comment on it, so I’m posting images of it instead)
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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 Oklahoma:
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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 as risky and dangerous.
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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 background in the military and that group does little more than rant about women and gay people in the military. And she admits that she has no case to make:
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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 the horrors of war, the guilt he feels for the things he did and the resulting PTSD is simply haunting.
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