Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Southern Baptist Convention Threatens to Yank Military Chaplains if Don't Ask Don't Tell Is Repealed

     The Southern Baptist Convention is threatening to pull its chaplains from the military if Don't Ask Don't Tell is repealed, claiming that the repeal would cause them to "lose their freedom to preach and counsel against homosexuality."  

     The Southern Baptist Convention is battling the expected repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" on a number of fronts: Its agencies are contacting members of Congress and the Pentagon; retired chaplains are sending letters to President Obama; and a resolution adopted at the denomination's annual meeting in Orlando this week condemns allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.  "If a policy makes it more difficult -- in fact, discourages -- one of the groups that provides one of the largest numbers of chaplains to the military [15%] from continuing to engage in chaplaincy ministry, that should raise significant concerns for them about the . . . spiritual well-being of our men and women in uniform," said Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research and director of the Research Institute of the denomination's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
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     Has the separation of church and state in our nations deteriorated so much that our military must be uniform in its religious beliefs?  

     Why are the SBC's chaplains serving in a military, where atheist, Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic soldiers  serve openly?  Surely, those soldiers don't believe in all the same things about which Baptist chaplains preach and counsel.

     Here's my new PSA for the Baptists to use.  The Southern Baptist Convention: taking the lead from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, DC.  If we don't get our anti-gay ways, then screw everybody else.


Anonymous said...

Not True. We are a SBC Chaplain family and will not leave our ministry here regardless of don't ask don't tell. AND the SBC actually encourages us to stay and minister.
Why do you think we hate gays? Not True. It is possible to disagree with somones life choices and still care about them.
Check out this video on Chaplains to be better informed.