Military Chaplains worry about inability to discriminate
Evangelical chaplains in the military are suffering! They’re worried the eventual repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will jeopardize their ability to openly discriminate against gays and lesbians who might come to them seeking spiritual help. Now while I generally feel homosexuality and religion mix about as well as oil and water, you can’t deny the fact statistically, gays are actually more religious than their straight counterparts. I blame this on their tendency for self-hatred.
A group of about 60 chaplains sent a letter to President Obama asking him not to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”, framing this as a huge contentious issue of theirs:
Put most simply, if the government normalizes homosexual behavior in the armed forces, many (if not most) chaplains will confront a profoundly difficult moral choice: whether they are to obey God or to obey men. This forced choice must be faced, since orthodox Christianity—which represents a significant percentage of religious belief in the armed forces—does not affirm homosexual behavior. Imposing this conflict by normalizing homosexual behavior within the armed forces seems to have two likely—and equally undesirable—results.
In other words, they are claiming they wouldn’t be able to preach hatred for homosexuality from their pulpits anymore. Since this kind of activity is quite common for evangelicals to engage in (here’s a random example), it must feel like this “right” is being threatened! Rather than face the possibility of evolving and getting over their fear and loathing of gays, they want homosexuals to stay in the closet and stay ashamed of who they are, just like the Bible says they should!
Daniel Blomberg, an attorney for the conservative legal group Alliance Defense Fund, wonders: What if a soldier confides to a chaplain that he’s gay?
“What happens when the chaplain responds according to the dictates of his faith and says that type of behavior — like other types of sexual sins — is not in accordance with God’s will?” he says.
That’s kind of a funny question, Danny. I think I can answer it in a way which might make some sense to you: If a chaplain argued he couldn’t serve his religious duties because he couldn’t, in good conscience, work with a Jew (since they killed the Messiah) or blacks (who are the cursed sons of Ham), he’d get the same pinkslip these bigoted douchebags will get. Pretty fucking simple, eh?
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