U.S. Policy Affects Chaplains

March 27th, 2011, bySean Nixon

I saw this story online and found it really interesting. CNN reporter Eric Marrapodi writes how the Obama administration’s “don’t ask don’t tell” repeal could affect chaplains maintaining their role in the military.

It’s true that many individuals took the role of chaplain because they feel a higher calling to be of service to the men and women in the armed services. Many chaplains who practice a Christian faith could be reluctant now. With the policy in place, many will have to contemplate their roles, which is the ultimate casualty of the new law.

But, in looking online, one of the requirements for an Army chaplain is that they are “Sensitive to religious pluralism and able to provide for the free exercise of religion by all military personnel, their family members and civilians who work for the Army.”  By my estimate, that includes those individuals who benefit from the law’s repeal. At a time when many in the BLGT community were thrilled by Obama’s policy, the question remains: Do chaplains have a right to be upset?

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