instaPoll: Do you believe that the current chaplaincy is adequate to serve all service members, regardless of their personal faith or non-faith background?

Office of Congressman J. Randy Forbes
2013-08-01 17:45:51
Military chaplains exist to facilitate the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment for service members and to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of all our service members are met, regardless of their beliefs. The chaplaincy was originally formed by the Continental Congress on July 29, 1775, at the direction of General George Washington. The guidelines for obtaining chaplains require that any endorsing agent be an organization whose primary function is to “perform religious ministries to a non-military law constituency” and who holds tax-exempt status as a church. The House of Representatives recently debated an amendment to the annual defense policy bill, H.R.1960, which sought to allow those certified by nontheistic organizations to be appointed as chaplains. This amendment failed by a vote of 150-274. Now, reports have indicated that the Department of Defense is currently processing applications for a humanist endorsing agency and a humanist chaplain to serve in the United States Navy. According to Department of Defense policy, the chaplaincies of the military Departments “shall serve a religiously diverse population.” Military chaplains have a duty to faithfully serve all service members, regardless of whether the individual shares the chaplain’s faith. Question of the week: Do you believe that the current chaplaincy is adequate to serve all service members, regardless of their personal faith or non-faith background? ( ) Yes. ( ) No. ( ) I don’t know. ( ) Other. Take the Poll here. Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.

 

 

Military chaplains exist to facilitate the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment for service members and to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of all our service members are met, regardless of their beliefs.  The chaplaincy was originally formed by the Continental Congress on July 29, 1775, at the direction of General George Washington. The guidelines for obtaining chaplains require that any endorsing agent be an organization whose primary function is to “perform religious ministries to a non-military law constituency” and who holds tax-exempt status as a church. 

The House of Representatives recently debated an amendment to the annual defense policy bill, H.R.1960, which sought to allow those certified by nontheistic organizations to be appointed as chaplains.  This amendment failed by a vote of 150-274.  Now, reports have indicated that the Department of Defense is currently processing applications for a humanist endorsing agency and a humanist chaplain to serve in the United States Navy.      

According to Department of Defense policy, the chaplaincies of the military Departments “shall serve a religiously diverse population.” Military chaplains have a duty to faithfully serve all service members, regardless of whether the individual shares the chaplain’s faith. 

Question of the week:  

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.

Take the Poll

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll

 

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