Lawmakers battle over push to create military ‘chaplain’ for atheists

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July 24, 2013 | Members of Congress are set to square off over a push to create military chaplains for people who do not believe in God. The effort to create a chaplain for atheists and “humanists” has been building over the last several weeks. While the title might sound inherently contradictory, supporters say the point is to give atheists in the military someone who will pro-actively reach out to them and facilitate meetings.

Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers, claims that 23 percent of those in the military ranks assert no religious preference. And he argues chaplains are not providing enough “positive outreach and support” in the way “they do for all of those beliefs that aren’t their own.” As might be expected, the campaign is running into some heated criticism. Lawmakers turned away a Democratic-sponsored amendment last month that would have created the post — and now, Republicans are trying to formally quash the idea, with an amendment to a defense budget bill that would require military chaplains to be affiliated with a particular faith. FOX NEWS

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6 replies

  1. I don’t want to get into an etymological discussion but the terms “church” and “atheist” have nothing in common. All I can do is shake my head.

  2. I am a little confused even after reading the article. If you are an atheist why do you need a chaplain?

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