Would Atheist Military Chaplains Actually Give Christians an Upper Hand? Pastor Makes Shocking Case

There are 4 comments on the Aug 7, 2013, TheBlaze.com story titled Would Atheist Military Chaplains Actually Give Christians an Upper Hand? Pastor Makes Shocking Case. In it, TheBlaze.com reports that:

Many Christian leaders and conservative politicians have scoffed at the notion of allowing atheist chaplains into the military, arguing that the idea, in itself, is an oxymoron.

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#1 Aug 9, 2013
Would be a tough sale...

There should be a "voice" available in the military for non-theists (say ten percent) yet someone filling that slot (as a chaplain) would be called in to provide religious rights and ceremonies which could not be done (in good conscience) by an atheist.

“Is that all you've got?”

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#2 Aug 9, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
Would be a tough sale...
There should be a "voice" available in the military for non-theists (say ten percent) yet someone filling that slot (as a chaplain) would be called in to provide religious rights and ceremonies which could not be done (in good conscience) by an atheist.
It's not about the "selling", per se, but about the "pushing" of the "notion" of an atheist chaplain. You must be allowed to push before you can sell.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rockbeyondbelief...

Which cracks me up considering how vehemently the atheist posters here try to deny atheism is a religion. So far, it's been a decent income for several posters on Topix, especially since receiving tax exempt status in some places.

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#3 Aug 9, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>It's not about the "selling", per se, but about the "pushing" of the "notion" of an atheist chaplain. You must be allowed to push before you can sell.
I am not sure what you think that that is supposed to mean.

Atheism is not a religion; SCOTUS (et al.) may lump it there for convenience in determining the rights of persons who have no religion compared to those who do, particularly when those rights are transgressed.

An atheist chaplain? Certainly, one could make a case for having someone within the military hierarchy represent atheists (and others, non theists, agnositics).

Yet an atheist cannot- I would said not in his/her good conscience- perform the duties of chaplain as they have been defined in the last couple hundred years.

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#4 Aug 9, 2013
nanoanomaly wrote:
Which cracks me up considering how vehemently the atheist posters here try to deny atheism is a religion.
It isn't.

Do you believe in the Easter bunny?

Is not believing in the Easter bunny a religion?

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