Navy Rejects Application For First Humanist Chaplain

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Cmdr. Darrel Wesley, from Chattanooga, Tenn., command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Jason Heap did not get the job as a chaplain in the Navy.  The Navy did not divulge the details of the decision due to privacy concerns.  After the Army recognized ‘Humanism’ as a religious preference many thought there would soon be a humanist chaplain.

Humanist chaplain?

Chaplains, historically and by definition, are people of faith,” said retired reserve Chaplain Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “You can’t have an ‘atheist chaplain’ any more than you can have a ‘tiny giant’ or a ‘poor millionaire’.

Ron Crews, a veteran and executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty:

“I would question how an atheist chaplain could fulfill his duties,” he said. “The motto [of the Army chaplaincy] is ‘for God and country’—how could an atheist fulfill that motto if by definition he does not believe in God?” The Atlantic

If a ‘humanist’ service member, who has no religious beliefs and many varying  world views, requires counseling, there are counselors available with a secular counseling view ; they are called “Military counselors”, “Psychologists”, “Psychiatrists”, and “Social Workers”.

Online:  The Atlantic If You Serve Your Country, Do You Have to Serve God?
RNS Navy rejects request for first humanist chaplain

Online:  The Atlantic If You Serve Your Country, Do You Have to Serve God?
RNS Navy rejects request for first humanist chaplain

Photo by Official U.S. Navy Imagery

 

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