No. Seriously. Not written by the Onion.
The headline could also have been written as, “Hyperbole at an all time high. disaster looms“.
This is the Headline in the Times.
But that isn’t really the truth.
If you read the story, only a few chaplains have quit the military because of the anti-Christian point of view of the military. That is hardly “devastation” in any sense of the word.
The Advocates making this claim have zero evidence for their claim. They cannot show that the military is having trouble recruiting. If anything, the crappy Obama economy plus downsizing in the Army by 100K troops makes recruiting easier this year than in years past. Nor does there seem to be any shortage of atheistic or humanistic chaplains from liberal denominations willing to serve (including the Catholic Church ™).
In December, a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion received an administrative letter of concern after a soldier complained that he advocated Christianity and used the Bible during a mandatory unit suicide-prevention training session.
Solution there looks simple. Don’t use Chaplains to teach mandatory classes on suicide prevention. Use psychologists.
I can’t tell you how many moms and dads I’ve spoken to who say, ‘My son or daughter wants to join the military, [but] in light of what you’ve described, I’m not sure I want to let them join the military anymore’
He can’t tell you because he doesn’t know. He is making it up. But even if he has spoken to a hundred such parents, that is a miniscule fraction of the parents of raw recruits needed every year. A big fat So-Freaking-what. Further, every recruit is an adult and can enlist after the age of 18. His (or her, or it’s, or Ze or Zie’s) parents have no authority to forbid them.
Not being able to recruit or retain these individuals is very dangerous from a national security standpoint, said Mr. Berry, because they could be the military’s next group of leaders, but will never serve because they don’t think they’re welcome.
And yet our quiver will be full. Geeze, dude! Get a grip on yourself. Not a single one of you matters in the big scheme of things. If you choose to do something else with your live instead of joining the military, the military will get along just fine without you. Stop treating everyone as if they are irreplaceable. History has proven that we are ALL replaceable… cheaply.
My personal opinion is that there is an easy fix to all of this church/state interference. Separate the Church and the State.
1. Fire all the military Chaplains. All of them. Eliminate their positions from the books. That’s 3,000 of them just in the Army. Then fire all of their chaplains’ assistants and lay leaders and office staff and drivers. All of them. That’s another 10,000. That is a substantial savings of your defense tax dollars with not a smidgen of loss of national defense.
2. Congress should charter a national Chaplains corps. (typing a charter is free. Congress has lots of time on their hands to write charters and pass non-binding resolutions. They are going to be in town anyway) The members get status to come and go on military posts and accompany troops into combat operations. But they are civilians. They get paid by their home denominations and by private contributions. Not one cent of tax money. No rank. No support money from Appropriated funds.
3. Chaplains who really want to serve the military can either join the Chaplains corps, or join the ranks as a service member with a military service specialty (non-chaplain) and be a chaplain on their own time (and on their own dime). But either way, they will be free to practice their religion unhindered by official oversight, rank structures, or political officers telling them what to preach.
The support of religious activities in the USA was always seen as a private matter. The US military Chaplains are an abomination and need to be eliminated (the roles, not the people). This isn’t about all those fine men and women who are currently serving as Chaplains and chaplains helpers today. I am sure many of them are wonderful people with huge 36″ golden halos awaiting them in heaven. That’s not the point. The point is that despite the prohibition against serving two masters in Christianity, and despite Chaplains being highly educated in what Christianity means, they are still serving two masters. They are still carrying rank, accepting Caesar’s coin and pretending to serve God too. Their own doctrine tells them that they cannot do both. It takes a Great Dane sized hamster to rationalize how “this is different”.