The Role of Humanist Chaplains

A couple of nights ago, I appeared on HuffPost Live with my friends Jason Torpy and John Figdor to talk about the role of atheist chaplains at schools and in the military. The segment starts about a minute in:

Conclusion: Humanist Chaplains are awesome, even if you’re not a fan of the “C” word.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    The C word doesn’t bother me, but those feminists…

    Watching the video now.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    1) awesome interviews. Great to see!

    2) constructive feedback: Hemant and Jason could use better lighting to make their web appearance look better (Jonathan and the suit guy with the white hair had great lighting). That said, all did an awesome job!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Agreed. Will try to fix that next time!

  • Rain

    Also remember to use pretend sign language like Neil deGrasse Tyson does. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s hands, co-starring Neil deGrasse Tyson:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzSMC5rWvos

  • Marella

    Can’t we call them “counselors” instead? This “chaplain” stuff makes me itch.

    • Erp

      In the military ‘chaplain’ is a particular position with particular duties and rights. Either the military changes ‘chaplain’ to something else (and allows humanists to serve in that role) or humanist chaplains should exist (I’m certain there was some screaming when the first Jewish or Muslim military chaplains in the US came on board). Remember we don’t want a separate but equal arrangement.

      • http://twitter.com/jfigdor Jonathan Figdor

        Exactly, ERP. Full equality is the goal.

  • Tom_Nightingale

    Hemant, thank you for being so supportive of Humanist chaplains, and for continuing to post this kind of stuff on your blog. I have been waiting for a bigger discussion on this topic within the atheist community, and you are spearheading a lot of it. Awesome!


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