The American Humanist Association is protesting the Naval Academy’s denial of use of a chapel for a sailor’s wedding because it was to be presided over by a humanist celebrant. They’ve written a letter to the superintendent of the Naval Academy, which you can read here.
This letter is written on behalf of Ensign Sean A. Cruz, a 2012 graduate of the United States Naval Academy (the “Naval Academy”) and an active duty naval officer. Ensign Cruz submitted an application to be married in the Naval Academy’s Main Chapel (the “Chapel”). Ensign Cruz stated that he wished to have a Humanist celebrant preside over his wedding, but was told that only Christian ceremonies were permitted to take place in the Chapel. This discriminatory policy is unconstitutional. The Naval Academy cannot deny use of its publicly-owned facilities on the basis of the religious views of those wishing to do so.
They’re absolutely right. The letter goes into much more detail on this. This is a perfect example of Christian privilege, especially when combined with the House Republicans passing an amendment to prohibit the appointment of humanist chaplains in the military. At a military academy that undoubtedly has cadets and sailors from every imaginable religious and non-religious viewpoint, they demand that they be given their own space and exclusive access to it and they react with shock at the idea that others should be allowed to use it.
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