Sunday, October 16, 2005

What is it they do again?

USAF (Christian) Chaplain's Badge

From Associated Press (hat tip to Patrick Coffin of Seize the Day) we learn that the US Airforce has just withdrawn permission for its chaplains to evangelize.
PENTAGON - (AP) The Air Force has withdrawn from use by its chaplains a code of ethics that endorsed the evangelizing of troops who are unaffiliated with any religion. The code, which was issued by the Air Force Chaplain Service in January, states: "I will not actively proselytize from other religious bodies. However, I retain the right to instruct and/or evangelize those who are not affiliated."

An Air Force spokeswoman says the code of ethics has since been withdrawn "for further review." The move comes in the wake of a lawsuit by a Jewish graduate of the Air Force Academy who charges that senior officers and cadets illegally imposed Christianity on others at the school.

Wonder never cease. I can see why the powers that be would want to restrict chaplains from proselytizing. I mean if they allowed Chaplains that discretion then medical officers might insist on treating wounded soldiers, pilots might think they should fly, cook to cook, officers to command, NCO’s to lead, drivers to drive, soldiers to shoot, sailors to drink and carouse.

What would happen to the US Airforce then? No, its better to prohibit the chaplains from doing that God stuff. They can still comfort the flyboys by smiling ineffectually and talking baseball. There'’s a real need for that.


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