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May 12th, 2006

Onward Christian Chaplains @ 01:42 pm

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I hate to sound like a broken record, but when it's steam-engine time, you expect steam-engines, and when it's religious-bigotry time, you expect religious bigotry.

The House passed a defense bill yesterday. Among the provisions in this $513 billion-with-a-b authorization bill was a clause pertaining to military chaplains. Currently, the rules call for chaplains to offer "nonsectarian prayers, or a moment of silence, at public meetings or ceremonies, especially when attendance is mandatory for service members of all faiths."
The current bill gives chaplains the right to "pray according to the dictates of the chaplain's own conscience, except as must be limited by military necessity, with any such limitation being imposed in the least restrictive manner feasible."
Hey, far be it from me to squash some guy's conscience, but if the goal is unit cohesion, then we all know that the way to do it is to #1: forbid homosexuality #2: make religious services inclusive so that everyone who wants to show up will feel welcome.
The National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces puts it well in its ethics-code for chaplains: "I will respect the beliefs and traditions of my colleagues and those to whom I minister. When conducting services of worship that include persons of other than my religious body, I will draw upon those beliefs, principles, and practices that we have in common."

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this mess was the amendment offered by a Democratic Congresscritter that called for military chaplains to show "sensitivity, respect and tolerance for all faiths." It was defeated on strict party lines. GOD forbid we should show sensitivity, respect and tolerance for all faiths. What sort of pinko talk is that?



Well, I just hope the 28 rabbis and the dozen-or-so Muslim chaplains take advantage of their right to babble in Hebrew and Arabic at their flocks. Since sensitivity, respect and tolerance is not required, they can tell the men to fuck off if they don't like it.
 
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From:popepat
Date:May 12th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Well, the feeling I have always gotten (though maybe it has more to do with the movies I have watched than any fact) is that military leaders don't waste time on prayer when there's wars going on. I doubt they'll let chaplains speak in tongues very long before they put a gosh darn stop to it. But ya gotta wonder what Bush-cronies-et al. get from such a provision. Who wanted this reform in the first place.
Ah, perhaps it will a sneaky way of dissuading gays from staying in the military since they can now rail against them from a religious stance all they want. "Go ahead and give them butt pirates what for, Chaplain! There may be a war going on, but I recon we got a couple minutes more time to hear the pussy-lovin word of god before we head out!"
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:May 13th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)

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Who wanted this? All the poor downtrodden evangelicals who felt muzzled when they couldn't talk about Jay-sus. After all, they only make up 60% of the chaplaincy.
Anyway, the first hint I got about all this stuff was the shenanigans at the Air Force Academy(*), where some cadets were upset that a chaplain told them that if they weren't born again, they'd "burn in the fires of hell." After the military looked into it, they issued some very neutral rules that basically told the evangelical chaplains to cool it and play nice, but the evangelicals didn't want to cool it and play nice.
Under pressure from Congress and religious-conservative groups, the military changed the rules again to make them happier. But the evangelicals were still not satisfied. So this bill in Congress pushes things still further in that direction.

(*) I'm sorta bummed that it was paid for with public moneys, but you have to love a chapel that looks like a stack of spaceships(**) getting ready to take off and Blast some Asteroids for Jesus.

(**) Which reminds me, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet died.
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From:nephthys510
Date:May 13th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
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Scene: streets of Falujia, body of a dying GI is smoldering next to his vehicle, just barely alive.

Othodox Catholic Priest: "Per istam sanctan unctionem et suam piissimam misericordiam, indulgeat tibi Dominus quidquid per (visum, audtiotum, odorátum, gustum et locutiónem, tactum, gressum deliquisti."

Soldier: "I'm..... Jewish...."

OCP: "oh well then, see ya (or not)"

From:aaronjv
Date:May 16th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
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Wait...what does this mean for all the enlisted Satanists?

Journal of No. 118