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.
There Are More Atheists Than Southern Baptists in the U.S. Military… So Why Don’t We Have Any Chaplains?
A few important numbers reported by Bob Smietana in Christianity Today:
Active duty military personnel who are Southern Baptists: 12,360
Active duty military personnel who are atheists: 12,764
Active duty chaplains who are Southern Baptists: 437
Active duty chaplains who are atheists: 0
Former Governor Mike Huckabee, who says he’ll announce whether or not he’ll run for President on May 5, made news for an entirely different reason on Friday.
Rather than encourage people to enlist in the military — something you’d think any presidential candidate would advocate — Huckabee told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson that prospective soldiers should hold off for a couple of years because the military is too anti-Christian right now.
Christian Groups Claim the U.S. Military is a “Hostile Work Environment” for Chaplains Wanting to Proselytize
You know who has it really rough in the military?
Christians. Because I guess the ones in power can’t impose their beliefs on everyone else.
That’s seriously the claim being made by Liberty Institute senior counsel Michael Berry, who thinks the non-proselytizing rule is preventing Christians from joining the military: