Rep. Adam Smith's amendment, part of defense authorization, defeated with strong objections by Rep. Mike Conaway — would have allowed humanists or members of ethical culture groups to become military chaplains.
No atheists in foxholes — or in the military chaplain corps.
That, in essence, was the message of a Texas congressman who apparently doesn’t know much about atheists.
“They don’t believe in anything,” Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican, insisted at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “I can't imagine an atheist accompanying a notification team as they go into some family's home to let them have the worst news of their life and this guy says, 'You know, that's it — your son's just worms, I mean, worm food.'"
Conaway’s claims were echoed by some of the other Republicans in the room.
"This I think would make a mockery of the chaplaincy," said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.). "The last thing in the world we would want to see was a young soldier who may be dying and they're at a field hospital and the chaplain is standing over that person saying to them, 'If you die here, there is no hope for you in the future’.”
Written By: Corky Siemaszkocontinue to source article at nydailynews.com