Thursday, March 22, 2018

Navy Again Rejects Application To Become Secular Humanist Chaplain

Washington Examiner yesterday reported that for a second time the U.S. Navy has rejected the application of Jason Heap to become the Navy's first Secular Humanist chaplain. His application was first rejected in 2014 (see prior related posting), but more recently the Navy chaplain advisory board recommended approval. However 45 House members and 22 Senators wrote the Navy opposing approval.  Senator Richard Wicker, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Navy's rejection of Heap's application, saying:
The appointment of an atheist to an undeniably religious position is fundamentally incompatible with atheism’s secularism. This decision preserves the distinct religious role that our chaplains carry out.