Dissecting The Veteran Chaplains “Speak Up” Campaign Against Repeal
The argument that Chaplains will be required to choose between “following god, or following man,” is countered with Chapter 3-2 Article b. (6):
Chaplains will not be required to perform a religious role (such as offering a prayer, reading, dedication, or blessing) in worship services, command ceremonies, or other events, if doing so would be in variance with the tenets or practices of their faith. Chaplains will make every effort to provide for required ministrations which they cannot personally perform.
“Attack on the moral fiber of this country.” – I don't have much to say on this one, it just pissed me off. To actually believe that America somehow has had a great moral fiber is not only crazy, but stupid and ignorant (just to name a few).
I will conclude with a part of a previous post on this topic because I think it truly sheds light on the issue of chaplains. This is what a chaplain is and if they are not like this they are not “christ-like” in my opinion and have no place in the militaries chaplaincy.
When I spoke to my Chaplain, I explained everything. How I was gay, how I had a child substance abuse issue that was resurfacing, and all the negative energy that was flooding my life at that time. My Chaplain is a southern baptist, and he obviously (being southern baptist) opposes this ideologically. You know what he did? My Chaplain set up the appointments for me to speak with a behavioral health professional. He reassured me that everything was going to be fine, and that he was going to pray for me. He asked me if that was okay, and I said yes. He put his hand on my shoulder and began to pray.
This same chaplain still treats me with dignity, and never once spoke about this, he kept our conversation confidential. This chaplain is a wonderful man, and is a prime example of the role of a chaplain. He sets the standards and should be followed by the rest of the chaplains.