Family Research Council

Atheist Chaplains: Seeing Is Not Believing!


By Tony Perkins
June 11, 2013

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If there aren't atheists in foxholes, what do they need atheist chaplains for? Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Atheists don't like religion, but they'd sure like a pulpit. Last week, Congressman Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) actually tried to appoint secular chaplains to the military as part of the Defense Authorization bill. The Secular Coalition, who hatched this crazy idea, says, "Nonbelievers in the U.S. military are confronted with the same fear, pain, and suffering that affects every [service member]." Well, if that's the case, shouldn't they see a psychologist? Why invent a special chapter of non-faith faith leaders? By definition, a chaplain's duties are to offer prayer, spiritual counseling, and religious instruction. If that doesn't disqualify a nonbeliever, I don't know what would! Atheist chaplains are like vegetarian carnivores. They don't exist. In this case, secularists are just looking for another platform of influence in our military. And if the latest headlines are any indication, they're doing just fine without an official pagan church.

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