Buddy Jesus wants you to spread the word!
This is a pervasive problem within the US Military that I have had a major problem with for many years. The dangers behind this fundamentalist policy can be the actual loss of life to U.S. Servicemembers, many of whom (like myself) are not here to fight a religious battle.
This is a video that was recorded in Afghanistan and shows how the Chaplain was giving them instructions on how to proselytize and what to say in order to circumvent the rules and regulations governing that.
The dangers behind these kinds of policies should be apparently obvious. For some, however, we are left wondering how they scored high enough on the ASVAB (military entrance exam) to figure out how to put their uniform on properly. I don’t know if the chaplaincy requires a test score in order to become eligible to serve in a non-combatant role. I would hope so. What they lack in physical weapons (i.e. a gun) they make up for with religious weapons.
What can you do?
- Write the command–or better yet contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ll put a statement on here with the issue and publish their mailing addresses.
- Contact MRFF. Mikey Weinstein fights the religious right and is actually even representing me in my fight for equality.
- Write your Congressman (I hope they’re a liberal–otherwise they’ll probably ignore you).
*This video is a couple years old but the military never told what appropriate actions were taken to ensure that this is not continuing in our forces currently*