The Fight over Evangelizing Military Chaplains

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    Good read. Personally I see no problem with Military Chaplains spreading their faith.

     
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    I do. It's not their job (which is to admister to the spiruatal/psychological needs of all military regardless of belief), it hurts their job (by alienating service members of different beliefs who would be less likely to go to the chaplain for help), and in many cases (such as the Bibles in Afghanistan and Iraq) what they're doing doing is illegal, both in the host nation and under Military Law. You can't take a position for the governement and then act as if the government has no right to control your actions.
     
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    why should a non christian who is willing to fight for their country be subject to this crap? how offensive this is to other religions. I do not believe that it is the "army of god", this was brought up a long time ago when a pagan died and wanted a pagan symbol on his tombstone...why in the hell should that even have been a problem? cause of christians, seems they want to force us all to live by their codes and symbols....so yes i have a problem with this.
     
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    They should test the chaplain's faith and give him a rifle, send him to the front, and then see what his god does to protect a man spreading His word.
     
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    That was an interesting article.
    While I personally don't have a problem with the military providing religious leadership for our soldiers that want that, I don't think those religious leaders should be trying to proselytize. The fact that they printed up and distributed or tried to distribute bibles in a foreign language says they were going outside of the boundaries of their jobs. They are supposed to be there for our troops, not use their position to influence the people of another country. In fact, I would say that by doing so, they were in direct violation of their job responsibilities. They are paid by the US military to support the US military, not paid to preach to nor convert anybody else.
     
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    Don't be fooled

    This so called war on terror is a crusade against Islam.

    We are currently trying to spread christianity in both Iraq and Afghanistain.
     
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    Religion has no place in the military.

    The very fact that they make these guys officers in an orgnization whose purpose is to kill people is an offense to my GOD.

    The rest of you are welcome to your belief in your GOD, but I do get sick to death of you morons pretending that this fundamental conflict between what you profess and what you do doesn't exist.

    Who would JESUS kill, boys?

    Nuf said?
     
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    Provided that you believe in god,
    Who needs god more than the man that would kill?
     
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    It's actually illegal for chaplains to be armed.
     
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    A form of chaplains have been involved in military operations for centuries. In the US, they became an official part of the Military in 1775. With that said, I don't think they are using the military. Quite contrary to that George Washington, and obviously many other military leaders, recognized the need and great contribution the chaplains were to the soldiers. When our military leaders use scriptures and prayer in their meetings, they are doing just what the founding fathers did.
     

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