No Godless Chaplains in the Navy … Yet

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No Godless Chaplains in the Navy ... Yet

by baldilocks

Usu­ally, I forego link­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Times; not for an ide­o­log­i­cal rea­son, but a prac­ti­cal one. The site is a night­mare of pop-​up ads.

But for this story, I couldn’t resist.

The [U.S.] Navy has rejected the appli­ca­tion of one Jason Heap, a doc­tor of the­o­log­i­cal his­tory, he hav­ing obtained such a degree at Oxford Uni­ver­sity in Great Britain. (…)

Mr. Heap sued, first in 2014 and again this year, to require the Navy to appoint him to the chap­laincy corps, and, to his point, to rec­og­nize him as a “sec­u­lar human­ist,” pre­sum­ably on his dog­tag, thereby rec­og­niz­ing sec­u­lar human­ism, or athe­ism, as a legit­i­mate “faith.” (…)

The Navy was about ready to make the appoint­ment after the Chap­lain Appoint­ment and Reten­tion Eli­gi­bil­ity Advi­sory Group rec­om­mended it to the chief of naval oper­a­tions, who has final say over who gets to be a chap­lain and who doesn’t. After 67 mem­bers of Con­gress, 22 sen­a­tors and 45 con­gress­men from both par­ties urged the Navy not to make the appoint­ment, the Navy agreed.

With­out a belief in the tran­scen­dent, and with avowed oppo­si­tion to reli­gion itself,” the law­mak­ers wrote, “an indi­vid­ual can­not ful­fill the mis­sion and duties of a chaplain.”

Ooh look! Con­gress does some­thing log­i­cal for a change! That right there is one of God’s mir­a­cles. But I pre­dict that it won’t be long before the def­i­n­i­tion of mil­i­tary chap­lain receives a post­mod­ern facelift, also known as the Coconut Treat­ment.

Ques­tion: What do you call a chap­lain who doesn’t believe in God?

Answer: A psychologist.

Ques­tion: Why would Dr. Heap want to be appointed as a Navy chaplain?

Answer: In order to infil­trate the pro­gram. It isn’t as if this hasn’t hap­pened before.

(Thanks to Stacey E. Washington)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Usually, I forego linking to the Washington Times; not for an ideological reason, but a practical one. The site is a nightmare of pop-up ads.

But for this story, I couldn’t resist.

The [U.S.] Navy has rejected the application of one Jason Heap, a doctor of theological history, he having obtained such a degree at Oxford University in Great Britain. (…)

Mr. Heap sued, first in 2014 and again this year, to require the Navy to appoint him to the chaplaincy corps, and, to his point, to recognize him as a “secular humanist,” presumably on his dogtag, thereby recognizing secular humanism, or atheism, as a legitimate “faith.” (…)

The Navy was about ready to make the appointment after the Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory Group recommended it to the chief of naval operations, who has final say over who gets to be a chaplain and who doesn’t. After 67 members of Congress, 22 senators and 45 congressmen from both parties urged the Navy not to make the appointment, the Navy agreed.

“Without a belief in the transcendent, and with avowed opposition to religion itself,” the lawmakers wrote, “an individual cannot fulfill the mission and duties of a chaplain.”

Ooh look! Congress does something logical for a change! That right there is one of God’s miracles. But I predict that it won’t be long before the definition of military chaplain receives a postmodern facelift, also known as the Coconut Treatment.

Question: What do you call a chaplain who doesn’t believe in God?

Answer: A psychologist.

Question: Why would Dr. Heap want to be appointed as a Navy chaplain?

Answer: In order to infiltrate the program. It isn’t as if this hasn’t happened before.

(Thanks to Stacey E. Washington)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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