Jason Heap (below) wanted to become a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. He’s perfectly qualified for the position, too: He earned two master’s degrees (including one in divinity), passed his physicals, and completed the paperwork… but what he doesn’t have is the endorsement of a religious organization that’s currently approved by the Navy.
I’ve been trying to digest this whole Rachel Dolezal story over the past few days. As you probably know by now, the Spokane NAACP leader resigned after it was revealed she was a white woman passing herself off as black. Obviously, the deception is a problem even if her intentions were good. (I also wonder if she would’ve been even more effective in accomplishing her goals if she fought for the same civil rights as a white ally.)
But because this is an issue I’m not particularly well-versed in, it’s been helpful reading the thoughts of people who think about it on a more regular basis. Let me point you to my Patheos Atheist colleague Peter Mosley (a black man himself) whose reflections on this story were fascinating: