Thursday, May 15, 2014

Atheist Chaplains...Oh, and Yetis

Please, feel free to correct me if I am wrong....but isn't an "Atheist Chaplain" basically a counselor?

Even though the group pressing the cash-strapped military to add the Non-God-Believing Chaplains have now changed the name to "Humanist Chaplain," that's still just a counselor, right? And the military already has those?

And isn't the definition of said Chaplain "a minister, such as a priest, pastor, rabbi, imam or lay representative of a religious tradition."

My head hurts.


free0352 said...

Yeah, the main job of Chaplains isn't to be a religious leader. They serve dual roles of facilitating the religious practices of service people. For example if your unit chaplain is Jewish he'll still get you that Christian bible you asked for, and your protestant Chaplain will coordinate to get a Catholic one out there from somewhere to hold mass.

You don't really need to be that religious for the job. I knew two Chaplain assistants (both atheists) who were assigned that job on medical reclass. You don't have to be religious to be a all that Chaplain.

And they also work as counselors, and moral advisers to the unit commander.

But on the whole - and one of my best friends is a Chaplain - its the most useless job in the military.

Sorry Chaplains.

CrabbyOld said...

I personally agree with Free0352 that Chaplains are dead weight. That said, I think that they are important to enough people to keep them.
The very idea of an atheist chaplin is beyond ridiculous. I say that as someone who is probably more disdainful of religion than Nit is.
This is just more proof that (1) there are too many people with not enough to do, and (2) of the utter unfitness of leftards to have any voice in public policy at all.

Rickvid in Seattle said...

My first year of college I roomed with a family. The husband was a Protestant chaplian in WWII. He told a few stories, but his career ended when he was administering last rites to a dying Catholic soldier on Peleliu. An artillery round landed nearby and the next thing he knew it was a week later and he was on a transport to Pearl Harbor. Later I worked for a large Methodist church in an east cooast city. The pastor had been in the US Army in Europe in WWII. H said the chaplains were often enough dullards and wusses that he decided that the Lord needed his help, so he became a minister. Chaplians, like everyone else, come in good and bad.

BTW, for a great read on Peleliu, read "With the Old Breed," by Eugene Sledge. If you saw the "Band of Brothers" sequel "Pacific," you'll recognise a lot of the story.

Atheist chaplians? More of the envyist nit wittery of the left.

El Cid said...

Great post

Xavier said...

An atheist Chaplain is also known as a fraud. You can't be a spiritual advisor if you don't believe in spirituality, eh?

Anonymous said...

All Chaplins are merely counsellers and not very good ones at that.