Friday, May 6, 2011
U.S. Military Faced With Requests for Atheist Chaplains
Last week, the New York Times published a fascinating article on a push by atheist and agnostic members of the U.S. military for the creation of chaplains who represent their beliefs. According to the article, the U.S. military has over 3,000 chaplains representing Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists. "Atheist leaders acknowledge the seeming contradiction of non-believers seeking to become chaplains or receive recognition from the chaplain corps. But they say they believe the imprimatur of the chaplaincy will embolden atheists who worry about being ostracized for their worldviews." As of yet, the military has not granted the requests.