Lawmakers battle over push to create military 'chaplain' for atheists
Members of Congress are set to square off over a push to create military chaplains for people who do not believe in God.So apparently they're serious and and one has to question the sanity of someone so consumed by hatred for what other people simply believe.
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.
"When it comes to the idea of an atheist chaplain, which is an oxymoron -- it's self-contradictory -- what you're really doing is now saying that we're going to replace true chaplains with non-chaplain chaplains," said sponsor Rep. John Fleming, R-La. "It's just total nonsense, the idea of having a chaplain who is an atheist." ~snip~
Then it dawned on me, this is the liberal/commie's way of belittling and marginalizing Christianity again in order to make sure that a sense of morality doesn't interfere with their desire to put morally bankrupt people in positions of power.
Why else would we have the likes of Bill Clinton, Anthony Wiener, Elliot Spitzer or John Edwards all trying to get into public office?
The liberal/commies and atheists all ask what does it matter what these people do in their personal lives, it has nothing to do with their skills as politicians?
The difference is that we entrust our politicians with taxpayer money and believe their promises to us....total strangers when they can't keep their promises to ones they are supposed to love and honor above all others.
If their real desire was to provide counselors for service members on a secular level (like the counselors or physiologists already provided) then why not call them "secular counselors" or something like that?
But that doesn't fit into the radical atheists plans to diminish and ridicule the position of "chaplain" which is the real goal of this push for an "atheist chaplain".
It's all in the intent and I believe that that is theirs.