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Old 04-08-2015, 10:27 AM
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With the military accepting openly gay people, what will become of Chaplains who are of a denomination that believes the gay lifestyle/gay marriage is wrong and sinful ?

Just curios how the military handles this issue.

Old 04-08-2015, 10:38 AM
Location: Middle America
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Chaplains at our last base were of multitude of denominations.

Since religious observation isn't mandatory, I'm doubtful that the military will do anything to "handle the issue."

Our gay troops already serve side-by-side with others who believe their lifestyle is wrong and sinful, most having more interaction with those peers/colleagues than they ever will with chaplains. The military allowing openly gay people within its ranks (which I am completely cool with, for the record, as well as personally being a religious person who belongs to a faith community that has no problem with homosexuality) doesn't do a thing about others you work with disapproving of your lifestyle. All it does is protect your right to serve and, in theory, to not be harassed or discriminated against. But people can and will think and believe what they want, and nothing will ever stop that.
Old 04-08-2015, 10:42 AM
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I don't expect the military to do anything about it; it is a non issue.
Old 04-08-2015, 10:53 AM
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This is my experience, as well.
Old 04-08-2015, 11:12 AM
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Religions are like clubs, they have rules. The members know the rules. An evangelical Christian knows he is not going to get petted on the head by a minister of his faith if he arranged an abortion for his girlfriend. Any RC old enough to be in the service also knows what the RC rules are about homosexuality.

I would think that any gay man who wanted religious counseling would seek out a chaplain from a religious denomination that did not hold anti-gay views. Baptists don't seek out Jewish rabbis, nor Muslims seek out RC priests for obvious reasons, and it seems a gay service man or woman would have the smarts to do likewise.

Here are a couple of links on the subject.


Old 04-08-2015, 04:19 PM
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Reminds me of this old article:

I wonder if anything has/will ever come of the idea.
Old 04-08-2015, 05:06 PM
Location: NYC
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Originally Posted by Rabrrita View Post
This is why it is not uncommon in the military to find a Rabbi counseling a Baptist, or a Roman Catholic counseling a Muslim; it's the general spiritual comfort they offer over some specific religion's rhetoric.
This was my experience with chaplains. Besides giving religious services, their interactions with soldiers were generally not based on religion. I still remember a chaplain who came out to see us on a long deployment and being able to make jokes about god. He was more interested in morale than our salvation.
Old 04-08-2015, 07:27 PM
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They are very mild in what they say, though some are bolder than others. But when you sit in on a Bible study, expect to hear the Bible. etc.
Old 04-15-2015, 05:14 AM
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It is actually a touchy subject at the moment. People who are saying it's not a big deal have not been paying attention.

One chaplain is in legal trouble right now for such actions. Being a chaplain is not a free pass to show intolerance in the military. Saying it's my religion is not a valid excuse.
Old 04-15-2015, 12:34 PM
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I was active duty in the navy for 10 years, I don't recall ever seeing a chaplain. I don't mean seeing one personally, I mean EVER seeing one. (but then I never saw an aircraft carrier either )

What would be a situation where one would be in contact with a chaplain? Seriously asking.
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