This summer the House finally passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, catapulting military issues to the forefront of public debate.
Among these issues was the question of Humanist chaplains in the military. Currently nearly 30 percent of the military identifies as religiously unaffiliated or atheist/agnostic. Yet there is not a single atheist or Humanist chaplain to serve these brave men and women who make incredible sacrifices to protect our freedoms every day.
This week we look to the Senate to take up this pressing issue to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act.
On first glance, the issue of atheist or Humanist chaplains is a bit counterintuitive, perhaps even ironic. Why would nonreligious or atheist military service men and women need chaplains—clergy members whose very purpose is to provide spiritual counsel and conduct religious ceremonies—especially when secular counselors and psychiatrists are available?
Written By: Edwina Rogers
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