Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Retired chaplains anti-gay group bears false witness

An article on Charisma News is titled “Military Chaplains Demand God-Given Right to Speak Bible Truth.” In truth, this has nothing to do with serving chaplains. Rather, is just the recent look-at-us from Chaplains Alliance for Religious Freedom or "CARL." CARL, which launched about two years ago, seems to a joint venture of ADF and Family Research Council. In reality, it is an anti-gay operation in the guise of a social welfare organization. According to their leader, Ron Crews (ellipses are from the original text):

Ron Crews
Our nation has a history ... of working hard to protect and accommodate military religious liberty, a tradition which has limited restrictions on service members’ ability to live their faiths. ... But our government has been retreating from that history of accommodation, enacting new policies without considering the harm to religious liberty and occasionally even taking affirmatively hostile actions toward faith. The vast majority of these blows to religious expression have come in the context of matters of sexual ethics, specifically homosexuality.
Note the lack of specificity. What policies, what harms and what actions is he referring to? He continues:
The Obama administration has quietly but steadily created a type of sexual orientation non-discrimination requirement for the military. Further, the administration has vocally adopted a pro-homosexuality position. Both broad developments have created conflicts with service members and chaplains who hold traditional religious views on marriage and sexuality: that sex is meant for marriage, and marriage means a union between a man and a woman.
If you didn't already get it, what Crews really means is that he doesn't like the fact that Congress repealed DADT. He doesn't like the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of federal recognition of state approved same-sex marriages in United States v. Windsor. Neither of those things has anything to do with the Obama administration. Finally, Crews is unhappy that President Obama supports equality including marriage equality.

Aside from the unfortunate agenda, CARL is unfair to, and not representative of, serving chaplains who, on the whole, don't seem to have much problem with the end of DADT. People may recall that chaplains were eager to begin same-sex weddings at military bases before Windsor.

In the end, CARL is just another contrived group of bigots who represent the very right wing of Christendom. They tarnish the reputations of serving chaplains who lawfully hold a broad range of religious views.
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