Sen. Roger Wicker Joins Tony Perkins on the Radio to Discuss the Debate Over Atheist Military Chaplains

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WASHINGTON, March 21, 2018 – Yesterday, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country and across Mississippi on the American Family Radio Network. On the show, Sen. Wicker highlighted the current debate over whether atheists can serve as chaplains in the Navy.

Sen. Wicker commented, “We are one step toward a DOD where a secular humanist atheist can be a chaplain.” Sen Wicker continued, “All we want the DOD to do is to follow their own guidelines. A chaplain must be a religious ministry professional… defined as an individual endorsed to represent a religious organization and to conduct its religious observances and ceremonies. If they would just follow their own guidelines, we’ll be okay. But, I have seen these things get out of hand before, so we need to take action.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and host of Washington Watch, added, "You are not saying, and I am not saying, that atheists don’t belong in the military. But, allowing them to serve and allowing them to be in the pulpit are two different things.”

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