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Navy Chaplain Given New Duties After Proselytism Complaints

A U.S. Navy chaplain who was accused of providing inappropriate counseling has been reassigned, and Religious Right groups are up in arms over what they see as a case of discrimination against a conservative Christian.

Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder, who had previously been assigned to serve Navy SEAL units, recently learned that he faces potential termination after he received a “detachment for cause” letter from his superiors. Read more

Humanists Sponsor D.C. Event To Press For More Diverse Military Chaplaincy

The chaplains serving the U.S. armed forces do not reflect the religious and philosophical diversity of the men and women in uniform and do not adequately serve those with non-theistic beliefs, the American Humanist Association (AHA) said at a recent congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

The Washington Times reported that the AHA and its allies said they want greater resources for service members who are humanist, a designation that makes up about 3 percent of the armed forces according to a 2009 survey by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. Read more

Controversial Chaplains?: Fox News Hosts Slam Call For Humanist Military Reps

Renewed debate over an on-going application to make Jason Heap the Navy's first humanist chaplain continues to irk the usual far-right suspects. The hosts of Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” recently condemned the request as unnecessary, given that atheists do not believe in a deity.
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Bias Brigade: Intolerant Members Of Congress Shoot Down Non-Theistic Chaplains

Congress is debating a large defense authorization bill, and yesterday an appalling discussion took place over the issue of non-theistic chaplains in the military.

Our Armed Forces, mirroring the rest of society, are becoming more diverse. Military personnel come from all versions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca, etc. Read more

False Prophets: Religious Right’s Military Chaplaincy Predictions Bomb

When plans were made for gays to serve openly in the military, Religious Right zealots and the Catholic hierarchy were predictably apoplectic. They imagined a range of dire consequences including a devastating impact on the work of military chaplains.

In a fund-raising letter last year, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins warned darkly, “[C]haplains who uphold the Bible's teaching on homosexuality will open themselves up to disciplinary action, bad fitness reports and the denial of promotions.” Read more

Wedding Announcement: Obama Shift On Marriage Equality Reignites ‘Culture Wars’

By now, everyone knows that President Barack Obama said yesterday that he personally favors marriage equality. Obama said his views on the issue have evolved and told ABC News, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Read more