How chaplains in the military are pushing their religion onto oth
A lesbian member of the military goes to see a military nurse to treat her PTSD condition. According to this soldiers, this is what happened:
"At this point I wasn’t really sure what to think. She then began to ask me about my depression and anxiety, and I became very emotional. This was why I was there, because my depression had gotten so bad that I had had horrible thoughts of suicide previously, and knew that I needed professional psychological help. Her second question to me was, "Have you asked God into your heart? Have you been saved by Jesus Christ?" This is when I realized that I was no longer a United States veteran in her eyes, I was just a homosexual."
Frankly, this is not uncommon. Evangelical Christians quite often use their influence and rank against lower ranked members of the military. Chaplains do that quite frequently. Such as the new faculty member at the Air Force Academy who reports a chaplain used his position to further his religion:
"I saw the recent MRFF release about the USAF Academy (USAFA) Chaplain’s office publicizing books for evangelical Christian authors and, frankly, I’m not surprised. After all, what can you expect from an organization headed by a callous, unprofessional and uneducated individual who doesn’t even understand the Constitution his organization defends? During new faculty orientation this summer, this same Chaplain (USAF Academy Head Chaplain, Col. Robert Bruno) stood up in front of over a hundred new USAFA faculty and told them that ‘there is no wall’ between church and state! Maybe for him there isn’t, but for the rest of us, it’s a pretty clear concept. He then railed against the ‘increased secularization’ that has eroded morality in our society and proceeded to deliver a 15-minute ‘homily’ on why USAFA has only the ‘perception’ of religious intolerance, despite documented instances of proselytization and even ‘HR decisions influenced by faith affiliation!’ Seriously! If this is the individual that the leadership is relying on for counseling in religious toleration matters, no wonder the institution has completely lost the bubble!"
Or the chaplain who sent out this e-mail to a recruiting brigade:
"I was reading an article yesterday about those being trained as officers in the service academies. Those who chose not to go to religious services when they were held were encountered by cadre and put on detail. They were seen as being punished for not going to chapel. Now there is the Atheist and Freethinker groups that are holding their separate meetings. We have equated agnostic, atheistic and other ideas to stand alongside Christendom as a viable belief system. We have freedom to believe or not believe presently in our country. What I wonder is how will this affect our future officer leadership and where will we go in our ethic? Christianity has been the ground and foundation for our Ethical Core Value system ever since George Washington. The further we move away from Christianity in our ethic and practice the greater the problems will get within the infrastructure of our military, (If you haven’t noticed). We are removing the foundation for all behavior for all other belief system are based on relativism and nothing objective and unmovable. We are in a constant flux in our values. We will soon remove all GOOD reason for having a workable ethic."
Remember the members of the military who most often state how this is an abuse of rank by chaplains, are usually Christian themselves. This chaplain is stating basically that atheist soldiers should not be in the military. He wants a Christian army. Chaplains are meant to serve the religious needs of soldiers who desire them. They aren't to build up some Christian crusade out of the 12th century.