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Evangelical Chaplains Refuse to Marry Gay Couples on Military Bases
Christian Post ^ | 10/06/2011 | Paul Stanley

Posted on 10/06/2011 7:56:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

An organization representing more than 2,000 of the nation’s 5,000 military chaplains announced Wednesday they would join forces with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service, saying they will not perform same-sex ceremonies.

The 2,000 members of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a group of evangelical clergy, are concerned about the Pentagon’s memorandum – issued 10 days after the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal took effect – that authorizes chaplains to officiate “any private ceremony.” A Sept. 20 order lifted the military’s long-standing DADT policy, allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the armed forces.

While the memorandum acknowledged a chaplain’s right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies the new policy makes it clear that the Pentagon has placed the military in the midst of a deeply controversial issue during a time of ongoing war.

Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and a retired Army chaplain said, “By dishonestly sanctioning the use of federal facilities for ‘marriage counterfeits’ that federal law and the vast majority of Americans have rejected, the Pentagon has launched a direct assault on the fundamental unit of society – husband and wife.”

The Department of Defense memo authorizes military chaplains to conduct same-sex ceremonies on or off military bases and make military property, such as a chapel, available on a “neutral-to-sexual-orientation” basis. However, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and has increasingly been under attack since President Obama took office in 2009.

Although the military’s memorandum acknowledging a chaplain’s right to refuse to perform a same-sex marriage was outlined in the memo, Crews is still concerned that some chaplains will be discriminated against by holding true to their biblical principles of considering homosexuality a sin and not in God’s will.

“Yes, we’re concerned that chaplains who refuse to perform the ceremonies will not be considered what the military calls, ‘a team player,’” Crews told The Christian Post. “There’s an unspoken rule that you’ve got to go along with the system if you want to advance and I’ve already heard rumblings that some chaplains are been reassigned for forwarding certain emails on the issue.”

Congress has also taken notice of the issue. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), released a statement shortly after the Department of Defense memo surfaced, saying, “DOMA clearly applies to the Department of Defense.”

“The Department of Defense has decided to put the White House’s liberal agenda ahead of following the law,” Akin said in his statement. “The Defense of Marriage Act makes it clear that for the purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform gay marriage ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.”

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council also weighed in on the issue.

“It is outrageous that only 10 days after the repeal of the law against homosexuality in the armed forces, the Department of Defense is already pushing the military further down the slippery slope,” Perkins said in a written statement. “The repeal law passed by the lame-duck Congress last year said nothing about authorizing same-sex ‘weddings’ on military bases or by military chaplains.”

The Catholic chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a chapel controlled by the Catholic Church, will not be allowing homosexual marriages, according to the archdiocese spokesman Taylor Henry.

“The answer is no. Under no circumstances will a Catholic military chaplain perform same-sex weddings,” Henry told Military.com News.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; chaplain; communistagenda; crews; dadt; deathofthemilitary; doaskdotell; doma; evangelical; gaymarriage; homonazism; homonazityranny; homopsychoagenda; homopsychotyranny; homosexualagenda; homotyranny; religiousfreedom; religiousliberty; religiouspersecution; roncrews; tyranny

1 posted on 10/06/2011 7:56:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

good.


2 posted on 10/06/2011 7:56:50 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: ken21

Amen. It’s hard to say husband and husband’ when you’re puking in your mouth.


3 posted on 10/06/2011 8:08:31 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder how all the Muslim chaplains are reacting to the gay couple marriage decree. Considering how we are kowtowing to Muslims, their final decision will determine the outcome of this whole dispute.


4 posted on 10/06/2011 8:08:37 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Government is trying to rewrite the Bible which is the foundation of our legal system. Sodomites now control Washington DC. Churches CAN’T ever allow it. The 1st Amendment is the FIRST one for a reason.

If you no longer have Feedom of Conscience and Freedom of Religion, nothing else really matters—you’re a slave and your children will be trained to think the Bible is bigotry and Christians/Jews are bigots/and equivalent to racists.

The Founders all understood that and that is why our Natural Rights come from God...His standards state that sodomy is evil. We need to go by God’s standards if we retain our Natural Rights.....not barney’s standards of right and wrong-—the Founders condemned that behavior...knew it was immoral and rotted cultures which it does. Excellent character will never exist in people who continually do demeaning and destructive acts which are nothing but acts of lust. It is sick to elevate such dysfunction and mental illness.


5 posted on 10/06/2011 8:14:12 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Department of Defense has decided to put the White House’s liberal agenda ahead of following the law,” Akin said in his statement. “The Defense of Marriage Act makes it clear that for the purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform gay marriage ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.”

As if this admin really gives a you know what about he rule of law.


6 posted on 10/06/2011 8:14:52 PM PDT by rangerwife (Proud wife of a Purple Heart Recipient)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Department of Defense has decided to put the White House’s liberal agenda ahead of following the law,” Akin said in his statement. “The Defense of Marriage Act makes it clear that for the purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform gay marriage ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law.”

As if this admin really gives a you know what about the rule of law.


7 posted on 10/06/2011 8:15:02 PM PDT by rangerwife (Proud wife of a Purple Heart Recipient)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good news for all.


8 posted on 10/06/2011 8:16:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

Under FEDERAL LAW it would be illegal for 2 people of the same sex to be married on a Federal Installation. President Obama seems to have litte regard for the law the Constitution or the majority of American Citizens........


9 posted on 10/06/2011 8:16:34 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: doc1019

They are mostly sodomites. They all hate women and only use them to breed. They just don’t allow “marriage” because they won’t produce children. Homosexuality is rampant in their culture and it is a joke in Afghanistan how all the sodomized boys want to grow up and rape little boys. It is a learned behavior and all homosexual cultures have a hatred of women.


10 posted on 10/06/2011 8:17:19 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: SeekAndFind
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11 posted on 10/06/2011 8:18:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: savagesusie

Not that I would disagree with you on this, my question and thoughts are that however the Muslim chaplains react will determine the final outcome of this protest. After all, we don’t want to upset the Muslims.


12 posted on 10/06/2011 8:28:32 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: SeekAndFind

AMEN!!! Any chaplain that does a gay marriage will have to answer to it . . . Before THE LORD!!! If they want to go before Him and try to talk their way out of the Lake of Fire, good luck. It ain’t gonna work. My Bible is clear. It leaves no doubt: A man with a man or woman with a woman IS AN ABOMINATION BEFORE GOD!!!!! I can find no stronger word in the Bible to describe something than ABOMINATION! These people who perform these so called marriages do so at their own peril. They have the Word in front of them. They ignore it at their own eternal doom. Simple as that.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 8:32:39 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (If you continue to put up with garbage, then all you will have in the end is GARBAGE!)
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To: savagesusie

“....your children will be trained to think the Bible is bigotry and Christians/Jews are bigots/and equivalent to racists.”

.
Study history and you’ll find that the first thing the Socialists/Communist do when they take over any government is to get rid of Christianity and its teachings.


14 posted on 10/06/2011 9:06:38 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: doc1019

I am just saying....do you notice how the homosexuals are silent about Muslims? I don’t hear any Muslims complaining about DADT repeal, etc. They know it will destroy the US military...rot the immature and remove the Christians...so it will no longer have the Christian paradigm which is why it was the most moral of all military forces in the history of the world.

Atheist Russian and homosexual Brownshirts were the most brutal armies in the history of man. Immorality makes animalistic behaviors normal and people are treated worse than dogs. Homosexual’s use of their body is nothing but lust and narcissism and idolatry and reduces man to a dog.

Homosexuals regard themselves as the Ancient Greeks. Greeks had to decree incentives so that young men, when they were of marriage age, would leave their male lovers and marry a woman to create children. Forming relationships with the opposite sex takes maturity and sacrifice.

Men in Afghanistan use women for breeding and all their sexual entertainment is done by males-—mostly boys, similar to the Greeks and the Samurai and many other pagan cultures. Homosexuality was taught to the boys.


15 posted on 10/06/2011 9:08:44 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: SeekAndFind

You just know that some Chaplain will be ordered to perform a gay ceremony.


16 posted on 10/06/2011 9:14:34 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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To: savagesusie

And again, I don’t disagree with you on the queerism of Islam. I’m just saying that the final deposition of the Chaplains refusal to marry same sex individuals will depend on what the Islamist have to say about it. Mark my words.


17 posted on 10/06/2011 9:18:44 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: SeekAndFind

All christian chaplin’s should refuse on religious grounds. Let them marry at city hall. That answers all their gripping about the legal aspects of their so called problem....No place in religion for them...no matter what the PC liberals say...


18 posted on 10/06/2011 11:54:08 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the hidden truth the gays couldn’t care less about - the 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion. When government attempts to redefine marriage through law or executive order, it is changing religion. When it causes certain denominational chaplains to be less free, it is a government-sanctioned infringment of civil rights.

The so-called “rights” of one cannot infringe upon the Constitutional rights of others.


19 posted on 10/07/2011 3:28:24 AM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: savagesusie

IT goes far above and beyond a simple call to repeal DADT doesn’t it.Fundamentally changes our Armed Forces . And provides ammo for the Communistic Muslim/ Son of Belial in the Oval Office. All to provide divisions and a distraction for the evil one to do more harm to the Country he HATES— and the
Constitution he has refused to Preserve, protect, and defend.”The chain of command is only as strong as its weakest link” And I declare that weakest link is the pretender to be CINC


20 posted on 10/07/2011 4:33:20 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Mike Darancette

They have a memo out that states you cannot order someone to do this.


21 posted on 10/07/2011 5:25:20 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: USAF80
They have a memo out that states you cannot order someone to do this.

When the gay soldiers start protesting and claiming discrimination that memo is not worth squat. There used to be a memo that you couldn't be a sodomite in the armed services.

22 posted on 10/07/2011 8:19:42 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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To: Mike Darancette

True. The normal troopers can use it to sue I guess. They claim that no ones religious or moral liberties will be affected.

We shall see in a few years.


23 posted on 10/07/2011 11:56:32 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: rangerwife

G-d bless your husband!


24 posted on 10/09/2011 6:18:10 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Calgon,take me away.)
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