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Chaplain Leaves SBC Over Marriage Equality

Chaplain Leaves SBC Over Marriage Equality August 1, 2012

Remember all those dire predictions from the wingnuts that if the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was repealed, it would lead to politically correct purges of chaplains whose religious tradition rejects homosexuality? Looks like the opposite is happening, at least in one case.

A long-serving Air Force chaplain has left the Southern Baptist Convention after the conservative denomination publicly questioned his attendance at a same-sex civil union ceremony at his base in New Jersey.

The chaplain, Col. Timothy Wagoner, is remaining on active duty and has affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which holds more moderate views on homosexuality and some other issues than the Southern Baptists.

“I find very little that is more important and nothing that is more exhilarating than providing for the religious freedoms and spiritual care of all service members and their families – and will joyfully continue to do so,” Wagoner said Friday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Wagoner’s exit from the Southern Baptist Convention, which SBC leaders welcomed, is a direct fallout from the repeal a year ago of the “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that had prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Fascinating, isn’t it?

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