Tell the Navy: There’s no such thing as an atheist chaplain!
The role of the chaplaincy in our military cannot be understated. During military service, our brave fighting forces are faced with some of the most difficult situations any individual can face. During these immensely trying times many soldiers rightly turn to faith in God –and fortunately, there has always been a trusted chaplaincy to guide them.
However, now the United States Navy is contemplating making a mockery of the venerable chaplaincy by hiring an atheist chaplain. But there is no such thing as an atheist chaplain! A chaplain is a spiritual leader like a pastor who leads others to God. An atheist is a person who by definition doesn’t believe in God!
Just like our culture claims to recognize same-sex marriage (which by definition cannot exist because marriage is by nature the union of a man and a woman) so too it seems the Navy is contemplating recognizing an atheist “chaplain.”
By hiring an atheist “chaplain” the Navy would be making a mockery of the right and extremely necessary role of the chaplaincy in our military. This must not be. Please sign this petition now to the United States Navy telling them to reject hiring an atheist chaplain. Because, after all, the very concept of an atheist chaplain is a fiction.
Here’s what’s going on. Back in 2015 an atheist, Jason Heap, tried to sue his way into the chaplaincy. However, in court, the Navy argued that a chaplain, who is a religious leader, has to have a religion in order to serve a religious purpose (Duh). The Navy won.
But now, three years later, bizarrely, the Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory Group is recommending that the Navy instate him as the first atheist chaplain.
Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi is working hard to block the appointment of this atheist chaplain. He’s built a coalition of 22 Senators and over 40 Congress members to oppose the appointment.
In a letter to the Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, these lawmakers have stated, “The Chaplain Corps serves religious needs, not philosophical preferences. Approving a secular-humanist chaplain would open the door to other applicants representing other philosophical worldviews. Over time, this situation would erode the distinct religious function of the Chaplain Corps.”
Please join with the voices of our elected leaders in telling the navy that an atheist chaplain is simply a fiction –there is no such thing. Instating an atheist chaplain would degrade chaplaincy.