Within a week of re-assigning (and possibly firing) one chaplain for expressing traditionalist Christian beliefs, the Navy is seriously considering the approval of an avowed “non-theistic humanist” for a spot in its Chaplain Corps.
Conservative U.S. House and Senate members are formally urging the Navy not to approve the atheist for the post, noting the Navy can provide all sorts of other programs for non-believers without altering the mission of the long-established Chaplain Corps.
The secular-humanist applicant is Dr. Jason Heap – described by ConservativeHQ.com as a “militant atheist” – the executive director of the United Coalition of Reason who had sued the Navy in 2014 when it rejected his earlier application to become a Navy chaplain. . .
Rev Billy Graham disparaged nontheists, opposed women's rights, and led the religious right's crusade against LGBT equality. The accolade of lying in honor at the U.S. Capitol should be reserved for those who dedicated their lives to helping all Americans https://t.co/mBqpjwYFXu
— Secular Coalition for America (@seculardotorg) February 28, 2018
He and his supporters, including prominent atheist groups, say that non-theistic service members may need the confidentiality in seeking counseling that only a chaplaincy can provide.
And this time, the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory group actually has recommended that Heap be approved. (Read more from “Navy Moves to Approve Atheist Chaplain Who Attacked Billy Graham After Passing” HERE)