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  • Florida school district replaces football chaplains with "life coaches"

    08/26/2014 4:02:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Todd Starnes
    Troy Schmidt’s jaw dropped. A few minutes before, he had been preparing to start his seventh year as chaplain for the Olympia High School football team in Florida. But now, those plans had been changed – radically changed. “I received a call from the coach,” Schmidt told me. “He said Orange County Public Schools is no longer allowed to have chaplains as a part of the football program.” Schmidt, who is a campus pastor of the First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, listened as the football coach explained the district’s decision to cleanse Christianity from its ranks. “I could no...
  • One Generation Away from Freedom

    08/07/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 6, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The Heritage Foundation recently showed a documentary entitled “One Generation Away: the Erosion of Religious Liberty.” This bold documentary emphasized the importance of preserving our natural liberties, and expressed fear that they could easily be taken away as a secular government grows. rick santorum EcoLight Studios, a Christian movie company owned by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, will distribute the film in theatres this September to convey an important message—freedom can be taken away far easier than it is given. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum presented the film at the Heritage event, saying that “The fight to protect our...
  • Court stops Australian funding of school chaplains

    06/25/2014 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/19/2014 | Rod McGuirk
    An Australian atheist campaigning to keep religion out of the education system won his second victory Thursday when the nation's highest court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to fund a program that provides chaplains to schools. Ron Williams began his legal battle against the multimillion-dollar program after his 6-year-old son came home from Darling Heights State School in Toowoomba city in Queensland state singing gospel songs in 2010. Williams won in 2012 when the High Court ruled that the government had exceeded its constitutional powers by funding the program, which began in around 2,700 schools five...
  • A Chilling Reality: the Islamization of Our Military

    03/10/2014 8:09:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Pete Parker
    Manifestly the Pentagon never received the memo that Islam is at war with Western Civilization. Or, that Islam is a brutally misogynistic ideology bent on the wholesale murder of women who dare show a little ankle. Oh, and did I forget to mention that its founder, Mohammed–had an unquenchable penchant for little girls? In short: Islam is evil. With that established–allow me to enlighten you as to what insanity our Pentagon is currently engaged in. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) just announced that it will be providing our military with chaplains for active-duty service. That’s right–our Pentagon is...
  • U.S. Military Hires Terror-Tied Muslim Chaplains

    03/07/2014 6:08:52 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | newseditor
    The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains.
  • Military chaplains harassed, mocked for quoting Scripture during chaplain training

    11/12/2013 6:34:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 11/12/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Citizen Link: Military Chaplains Sue Over Harassment, Attack on Christian Faith by Bethany MonkThose who serve our country often greet reveilles before the sunrise. They don the uniform. They represent our country, and they continue to make sacrifice after sacrifice. With the onslaught of government intrusion on religious freedom, some of them are dealing with egregious attacks on their personal faith.A legal group on Friday filed suit on behalf of two military chaplains. According to the suit, a supervisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mocked their Christian faith, repeatedly, during a chaplain training program.  [?!?]Retired U.S. Army...
  • Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown

    10/07/2013 3:05:41 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/4/2013 | Alex Pappas
    In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.
  • Priests face arrest for celebrating Mass in defiance of shutdown

    10/05/2013 8:30:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    World War II Veterans denied access to their memorial is appalling. But, Catholic priests denied the opportunity to celebrate Mass, even as volunteers, leaves me speechless. Read below from the general counsel of the Archdiocese for Military Services as he explains priests that defy the governments orders may even face arrest. "If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors." "Military personnel enjoy, like all Americans, the First Amendment guarantee of the 'Free Exercise' of...
  • Can Evangelical Chaplains Serve God and Country?—The Crisis Arrives

    09/17/2013 11:44:24 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 48 replies
    Southern Baptist Seminary ^ | 9/17/2013 | Dr. Al Mohler
    Can chaplains committed to historic biblical Christianity serve in the United States military? That question, though inconceivable to our nation’s founders, is now front and center. And the answer to that question will answer another, even more important question: Can religious liberty survive under America’s new moral order? The repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, coupled with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, set the stage for this crisis. The full normalization of same-sex relationships within the U.S. military is part of the unprecedented moral revolution that is now reshaping American...
  • Report Details Hostility in U.S. Military toward Christian Members

    07/09/2013 5:49:40 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | July 9, 2013 | Penny Starr
    A coalition of legislators and religious freedom advocates warned Tuesday about the growing hostility toward Christians serving in the military and called for a federal statute to protect the religious liberty of troops. The Family Research Council distributed a report, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” at the press conference on Tuesday at the Capitol detailing incidences of that hostility, including the July 27, 2011 cancellation of a 20-year-old ethics course taught at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California because it used Scripture. On May 31, 2013, a painting that included a...
  • US military chaplains concerned about freedom of religion

    06/30/2013 7:17:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 6/30/2013 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Christian religious leaders balefully greeted the Supreme Court decision on June 26 to strike down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. In an op-ed, Catholic Archbishop P. Timothy Broglio, who serves as chief chaplain to Catholics in US military service, said that Catholic bishops and the Archdiocese of the Military Services remain "resolved in the belief that no Catholic priest will ever be compelled to condone – even silently – same-sex ‘marriages.’” In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA treated same-sex “marriages” as “less respected than others”, thus...
  • Air Force Removes Video that Mentions God

    06/08/2013 6:22:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The U.S. Air Force directed a military base to remove a video tribute to First Sergeants because it mentioned the word ‘God’ and might be offensive to atheists or Muslims. The tribute was created by a chaplain at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The chaplain wrote a poem titled, “God Created A First Sergeant.” It was later adapted into a video with a narration. The video was modeled after the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial titled, “God Created A Farmer.” “On the eighth day, God looked down on His creation and said, ‘I need someone who will take care of the Airmen,’”...
  • Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

    05/01/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 474 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/1/13
    The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. (From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military...
  • The Enemy Within Lives At The White House

    05/01/2013 11:34:02 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | May 1, 2013 | Allan Erickson
    According to Obama’s advisor on religious tolerance within the U.S. military, Christians sharing their faith, including chaplains, present “… a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.” “Criminalize Christianity” as an official policy of the federal government pertaining to military personnel? It is a short distance from that to jailing pastors, as they already do in Iran. Once the government grossly violates the 1st Amendment, preferring one group over another, it can prosecute anyone deemed...
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    04/30/2013 3:53:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/30/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished –...
  • Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance: Military Under Fire

    03/13/2013 8:01:12 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 9 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | Mar 8, 2013 | Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance
    Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance: Military Under Fire - YouTube
  • Chaplains Lose Bid to Block Navy's Secret Votes

    03/05/2013 7:32:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    CN) - A federal judge in Washington, D.C., refused to bar the U.S. Navy from using a secret voting system to promote chaplains that allegedly discriminated against nonliturgical Protestants. A group of chaplains had accused the Navy of promoting nonliturgical Protestant chaplains less frequently than chaplains of other denominations. Last November, the D.C. Circuit revived claims brought by Baptist, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic Navy chaplains that the U.S. Navy selection boards discriminate against them based on their religion. Their expert introduced statistics purportedly showing that liturgical Protestant and Catholic chaplains are promoted at significantly higher rates than nonliturgical Protestant chaplains,...
  • Obama Muzzling Military Chaplains

    01/11/2013 7:34:26 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://rightmarch.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | George Neumayr
    One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.” That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obama’s...
  • Pelosi: Forcing Military Chaplains To Perform Gay Marriages Against Their Faith-base Beliefs

    05/23/2012 1:58:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/23/12 | Dan Riehl
    The stage is being set so that military Chaplains can and most likely will be ordered to perform same sex marriage in contradiction to their religious beliefs. WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Democrat House leaders including Nancy Pelosi have opposed a measure to ensure military chaplains are not forced to perform same-sex “marriages,” arguing that it is based on a “manufactured crisis” and therefore unnecessary - a response strongly criticized by chaplain advocates. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday echoed sentiments issued by the Obama White House regarding the conscience language, part of a defense spending bill, saying...
  • ACTION ITEM ALERT! Pres. Obama, through a minion, attacks Catholic chaplains once again

    03/28/2012 1:23:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Everyone should know what the Obama Administration is doing to Catholics this time. I received my most recent copy of the magazine/bulletin of the Archdiocese for Military Services called Salute (that link will bring up a pdf of the article I am going to talk about).In the March issue there is a by John L. Schlagter, the General Counsel for the Military Archdiocese, called “Update on AMS protecting Chaplains’ religious freedoms“.First, the Obama Administration censored Catholics in the military. Now, one of Pres. Obama unelected underlings, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, has by his master’s fiat,...
  • Military chaplains gagged by Obama administration

    03/05/2012 6:25:26 AM PST · by cap10mike · 15 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Professionals serving in the armed forces enjoy a unique relationship with the military. Although they’re commissioned officers, they aren’t generally thought of as warriors in the true sense. They instead serve their military brethren in their professional capacity. That being the case, their activities are primarily bound and dictated by the practices and standards of their profession. For example, a Marine JAG officer adheres to his legal Code of Ethics, whereas an Army physician is expected to conform to his Hippocratic Oath. Likewise, a Navy Catholic chaplain would be expected to conduct himself according to his own religious doctrine in...
  • Army Chaplains Stopped From Reading Bishop’s Letter

    02/09/2012 4:21:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 9, 2012 | IBD staff
    Constitution: The Air Force removes a reference to God from its logo as the Army forbids Catholic chaplains from reading an archbishop's letter to those in uniform. What's next, the crosses at Arlington National Cemetery? 'It is a blow to a freedom that you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle," read the letter from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services to the Catholic chaplains in the U.S. military. The letter that the Army's Office of the Chief of Chaplains kept from being read to...
  • Outrage!… Military Tells Chaplains What They Can and Can’t Say About HHS/ObamaAssault on Religion

    02/06/2012 10:03:45 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 3, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Military Chaplains are being forbidden from reading the letter from the bishops protesting the HHS mandate. If they do, they are considered seditious. ht Gateway. The emerging conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration may have a new front: in the U.S. military itself. The Catholic Church is fighting mad about an HHS ruling that would have them buy insurance for things they consider sinful–contraception, sterilization and abortion. All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church “cannot-and will not-comply with this unjust law.” Even Archbishop Timothy...
  • Senate Backs Proposal to Let Military Chaplains Decline Performing Same-Sex Marriages

    12/02/2011 2:38:51 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 01, 201
    Military chaplains could decline to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies under a measure approved this week by the Senate. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was added Wednesday to the massive, must-pass defense spending bill. The Senate approved the spending bill Thursday night by a vote of 93-7.
  • Uncle Sam attracts more (Catholic) military chaplains

    10/12/2011 2:20:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    ArlingtonCatholicHerald.com ^ | 2011-12 academic year, | Catholic News Service
    Uncle Sam attracts more military chaplains By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services is reporting an increase in the number of seminarians who want to become military chaplains. For the 2011-12 academic year, there are 31 co-sponsored and military-affiliated seminarians. Last year there were 23; in 2009-10 there were 12 and the previous year only three. In the Arlington Diocese, five seminarians are co-sponsored by the military archdiocese, including Jason Burchell, third theology; Jim Hinkle, second theology; Chris Christensen, second theology; Steven Walker, second theology; and Thomas Gallagher, first theology. Father Luke Dundon, who...
  • Gay weddings can be performed by military chaplains, Pentagon says

    09/30/2011 4:34:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/30/2011 | By Ed O'Keefe
    The Pentagon will permit military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage as long as such ceremonies are not prohibited in the states where they reside, it said Friday. Defense Department guidance issued to military chaplains said they may participate in ceremonies on or off military bases in states that recognize gay unions. Chaplains are not required to officiate at same-sex weddings if doing so is counter to their religious or personal beliefs, the guidance said. And regardless of the Pentagon guidance, military chaplains will still need to take cues from their religious order, said Gary Pollitt, spokesman for the Military Chaplains...
  • US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

    09/30/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 32 replies
    AP ^ | September 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
  • U.S. Born Terror Boss Anwar al-Awlaki killed

    09/30/2011 4:04:13 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 57 replies
    Terror mastermind and senior Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki is dead a senior U.S. official confirms. Al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure in Al-Qaeda's most active branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks in the United States, was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said. excerpt - Yemeni security officials and local tribal leaders said al-Awlaki was killed in an air strike on his convoy that they believed was carried out by the Americans. They said pilotless drones had been seen over the...
  • Navy chaplains' discrimination claim buttressed by statistical analysis

    08/24/2011 4:27:20 PM PDT · by wmfights · 68 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 24, 2011 | Ken Walker
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The attorney for 65 chaplains -- including 16 Southern Baptists -- who claim the U.S. Navy discriminates against evangelicals believes a new statistical analysis buttresses their legal efforts, which have been in court for 12 years. Virginia attorney Arthur Schulcz says the statistical analysis shows that past promotion boards awarded favorable treatment to members from the Naval chief of chaplains' denomination, regardless of who holds the office. His clients are objecting to the chief of chaplains or his deputy sitting as president of Chaplain Corps promotion boards, which select candidates for lieutenant commander, commander, captain and rear...
  • Military Chaplains Mull End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    07/29/2011 10:16:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2011 | Lauren Green
    The military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy,” will be no more as of Sept. 20, when homosexual men and women will be allowed to serve openly in all branches of the U.S. armed forces. But a number of military chaplains fear an unofficial version of the policy will take its place, one that muzzles and marginalizes chaplains who hold strict biblical beliefs about homosexuality. "We've already seen that a chaplain had an assignment pulled because he was critical of the repeal of DADT," says retired Col. Ron Crews, a former U.S. Army chaplain. Crews, along with several other chaplain endorsers...
  • [LCMS's] Harrison issues 'Letter to the Church' concerning military chaplaincy ministry with ELCA

    07/22/2011 2:12:37 PM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies · 1+ views
    LCMS Reporter ^ | 7/18/11
    In a "Letter to the Church" released Monday, July 18, LCMS President Dr. Matthew C. Harrison announced that, beginning in 2012, the Synod will no longer co-sponsor its training conferences for military chaplains with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The decision, which Harrison said was not made lightly, was based on input from the Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces committee and from active- and reserve-duty LCMS chaplains. It ends a cooperative ministry that began in 1941 between the LCMS and two other Lutheran church bodies at that time -- The American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church...
  • U.S. chaplains vetted by Muslim who condemns Jewish 'trickery'

    07/10/2011 6:17:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 8, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    A man portrayed as a prominent Islamic scholar who has run a program to vet Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military has written an anti-Semitic column that condemns Jews for trying to make the rest of the world "subvervient" and explaining that he is able to see this "trickery" because of his understanding of the Quran, according to a translation. The work is by Taha Jaber al-Alwani, who graduated from al-Azhar University in Cairo and later taught at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Saudi Arabia. He moved to the United States in 1983 and has served as chairman of...
  • Retired Col.: Military is 'Pulling Rug Out from Under' Chaplains by Not Enforcing DOMA (w/Video)

    05/31/2011 9:58:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 31, 2011 | Pete Winn
    Washington (CNSNews.com) - A former combat officer and military chaplain says this Memorial Day leaves him concerned about military chaplains, who currently face the threat of a military that is rushing headlong to introduce homosexuality and same-sex marriage into the armed services -- and an administration that is ignoring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).“(H)ere we are as a nation, pulling the rug out from under soldiers -- really, is what we’re doing -- and commanders to really defend this nation,” said Bishop John Neal, head of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches.Neal, a retired Army colonel, said the...
  • Military chaplains seek protection for troops who share beliefs on gay service members

    05/24/2011 5:22:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/24/11
    Military chaplains are concerned troops could be punished for expressing objections to homosexuality once the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is lifted. Leaders of 21 religious groups that provide chaplains to the U.S. military on Monday sent a letter to the chiefs of chaplains of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. They want Congress or the Pentagon to guarantee troops won’t be punished if they openly discuss their objections to homosexuality. “This is already an assault and a challenge on individual conscience and some soldiers may think it’s forcing them to abandon their religious beliefs or being marginalized for holding...
  • Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels

    05/09/2011 5:15:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/9/11 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) – Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perform the ceremonies -- if homosexual marriage is legal in the state where the unions are to be performed. The advisory came in the form of an April 13 memo issued to all chaplains, in which the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd, said the Chaplain Corps was revising its Tier I training manuals, which...
  • Army Move on Atheist Chaplains Could Lead To ‘Church of Evolution’

    05/01/2011 3:23:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies
    NY Sun ^ | April 28, 2011 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    The report in the New York Times that atheists are looking for official recognition as chaplains in the American military in order to cater to the needs of non-believing servicemen is interesting. On the one hand, it’s kind of absurd. Atheist chaplains? It’s a contradiction in terms. What are they going to teach? Non-belief? What services will they offer? Non-prayers and sermons on evolution? And what comfort will they offer dying soldiers, G-d forbid (oops! Even that doesn’t work). Will they say, “Game over. You’re going to a place of complete oblivion. Thank you for your service.”? On the other...
  • Report: Leading Army Priest Says Chaplains Will Help Soldiers Accept Gay Lifestyles

    02/18/2011 8:43:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    The deputy chief of chaplains of the United States Army told fellow army chaplains on February 17 that “the upcoming end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ which will allow openly gay and lesbian individuals to enlist and for soldiers who have hidden their preferences to come out, if they want, means Army chaplains will have a major part in preparing the service to accept the lifestyles of some,” according to an Arizona newspaper’s summary of his remarks. Father Donald Rutherford, a priest of the Diocese of Albany who holds the rank of brigadier general, reportedly added that “you don’t have...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Long-Standing War On The West (US Politicians)

    02/02/2011 10:18:40 PM PST · by bronxville · 148 replies
    US Politicians Duped By The Brotherhood In the United States, one individual maintained a pretense of "moderation" which would later embarrass the left and the right. According to the testimony of Dr. Michael Waller to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Abdurahman Alamoudi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. A man born in Eritrea in 1951, he arrived in the US in 1979 and became a naturalized US citizen on May 23, 1996. From 1985 onwards he became involved in many Muslim groups. In 1990 he founded the Washington DC-based American Muslim Council (AMC), which Waller states "has...
  • Immortal Chaplains: a story worth remembering

    02/05/2011 8:41:56 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 5th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week among military installations and American Legion posts held remembrance ceremonies on anniversary of the deaths of four Chaplains. The immortal chaplains were Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed); Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist) are the best known heroes among the Chaplain Corps. Background Early Morning Feb 3, 1943 off the coast of Greenland the U.S. Army troopship USAT Dorchester was struck by Torpedoes from a German U -Boat. The four chaplains rushed to the deck calming men and passing out life jackets to the men evacuation the ship into life boats....
  • GITMO CLERIC: THEY'RE A 'SORRY' BUNCH OF THUGS

    02/03/2002 11:21:39 PM PST · by kattracks · 84 replies · 613+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/04/02 | MEGAN TURNER
    <p>February 4, 2002 -- Some of the terror thugs being held at Camp X-Ray are having regrets about their actions, a Muslim Navy cleric said yesterday.</p> <p>Lt. Abuhena Saiful-Islam, who meets daily with the 158 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said that while many continue to maintain their innocence, others are having second thoughts.</p>
  • Guantanamo Detainees Said Plotting

    01/27/2002 6:40:10 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 32 replies · 1+ views
    AP through Yahoo.com ^ | Sun Jan 27, 9:08 AM ET | Tony Winton
    Guantanamo Detainees Said Plotting Sun Jan 27, 9:08 AM ET By TONY WINTON, Associated Press Writer GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Military guards at a detention camp at Guantanamo Bay say they have noticed a command structure emerging among the terrorist suspects being held there, camp leaders said Saturday. The leaders seem to surface during prayer sessions. Photos AP Photo Slideshows AP Photo Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Of the evolving leadership structure, Brig. Gen. Mike Lehnert said, "We have indications that many have received training, and that they are observing actions such as security procedures." Lehnert, a ...
  • Chaplains Reveal Strong But Divergent Views on Gay Ban

    12/02/2010 7:43:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/2/10 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    In the Pentagon's 300-plus-page report on the proposed repeal of its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the authors singled out one group whose strong views merited special attention: the chaplains. The report found that 70 percent of service members thought there would be little or no negative impact to military readiness and unit cohesion if the government were to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military. But no group had such strong - or sharply divergent - views as the military's 3,000 chaplains, who provide spiritual guidance to the men and women in uniform. The debate highlights...
  • VETERANS DAY: Chaplains a present help in time of war

    11/11/2010 3:52:11 PM PST · by wmfights · 1 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | November 11, 2010 | Adam Miller
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (BP)--At times, Jennifer Mitchell wishes her husband would stay in his office, but the feeling passes when she remembers why her husband, Army Chaplain (CPT) Jeff Mitchell, voluntarily puts himself in harm's way. Deployed to eastern Afghanistan with the 27th Engineer Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., Mitchell works among soldiers who locate and neutralize Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), accompanying them during 14- to 20-hour missions in a reinforced Humvee's close quarters rolling along Afghan thoroughfares. "Selfishly I wish he could stay back," Jennifer says. "Their whole mission is to go out looking for stuff that's going to...
  • Washington Post Worries About Too Few Muslim Chaplains in Va. Prisons

    08/23/2010 9:44:02 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 08/23/2010 | Ken Shepherd
    hose familiar with the Washington Post know that the paper is a staunch defender of a very liberal vision of the separation of church and state. For example, the paper's editorial board was heavily critical of the Supreme Court's Mojave cross ruling. But when it comes to the supposed dearth of Muslim chaplains at Virginia prisons, Sunday's Metro section went into full hand-wringing mode. "Inadequate Funds for Chaplains," complained a subheader for the page B1 story by staffer Kevin Sieff. "In Va., most money goes to Protestant clergy," another subheadline for the story "Support limited for Muslims in prison"* lamented....
  • Conflict Between Pentagon and Catholic Military Chaplains Brews Over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    06/07/2010 5:50:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 18+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/7/10 | Paul Conner
    The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who serve on active-duty in the military. “Those with a homosexual orientation can expect respect and treatment worthy of their human dignity,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Catholic overseer for military chaplains, in a statement released late last week. “However, unions between individuals of the same gender resembling marriage will not be accepted or blessed by Catholic chaplains.” Broglio was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI two...
  • Russian Orthodox Church to appoint 400 priests as military chaplains

    02/04/2010 3:25:54 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 348+ views
    PatrickMadrid ^ | February 4, 2010 | Patrick Madrid
    As one who grew up at the height of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West, the astonishingly sudden collapse of the "Evil Empire" in 1991 was mind-boggling. It had been for over 70 years the personification of atheistic hatred for God and persecution of those who believe in Him. Since the implosion of the Soviet Union, the new Russia has been making steady if slow progress back toward God, many Russians have re-embraced Orthodoxy — Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev regularly attend Divine Liturgy, for goodness' sake. And this strengthens the impression I get that the...
  • ‘Chaplains' Closet Helps Landstuhl’s Wounded Warriors

    06/26/2009 5:32:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 293+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    LANDSTUHL, Germany, June 26, 2009 – The boxes arrive daily from the United States, 15 to 20 each day, along with $8,000 to $12,000 in cash every week from Americans and U.S. nonprofit groups. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael D. Dubie, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, stands in the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center -- nicknamed the "Chaplains' Closet" -- at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, June 17, 2009, during a visit to wounded warriors. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The boxes and the money are meant for the...
  • Active, Reserve Chaplains Play Critical Role

    06/25/2009 5:55:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 272+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 – Active and reserve Army chaplains are playing a critical and strategic role in Iraq, a chaplain serving with Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq said this week. “Our troops are working tirelessly and selflessly to create a trusted and viable security force,” Army Chaplain (Maj.) William Steen said during a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable June 23. “However, the work, family separation and the long hours all take their toll on our troops.” Steen discussed how the military is helping soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines cope with the physical, mental and emotional stress while deployed in Iraq. Chaplains...
  • Memorial Day: Chaplains – A Reminder that We Are One Nation Under God

    05/24/2009 6:47:20 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 333+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/25/09 | Randy Sly
    Often, for many of our military who died in action, a chaplain was the final person in charge of their soul. In harm’s way, these faithful servants of Christ’s Church don’t just stand beside the men and women in various branches of the service, they wear the uniform. The work of our chaplains extends much farther than the post chapel. They labor on land, at sea and in the air. There are 1.4 million Catholics in the military; wherever they are stationed, the chaplain is there. Their parishes are much different than a local church. Made up of mostly younger...
  • Face of Defense: Chaplains Reinforce More Than Faith

    05/19/2009 4:36:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Capt. Stephen C. Short, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, May 19, 2009 – Reinforcements are something every unit loves to have -- more soldiers help to win the fight and save lives at the same time. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Chuck B. Rizer, front right, gets into the action with the brigade staff as he competes in the brigade staff Olympics at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Stephen C. Short  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The duty of being a soldier can be difficult at times, and no matter how many extra soldiers arrive to...