Atheists Continue Their Major Push For Non-Believing Military Chaplains
Faith, particularly of the Christian nature, has been an inherent part of the United States military experience for decades — if not centuries. As a result, the nation’s military culture is generally regarded as conservative in nature.
But as atheists become a more vocal minority, they are also seeking greater recognition and more support services among military ranks. In fact, some non-believers are even advocating for their installment as officially-recognized chaplains.
Christian military chaplains are plentiful based on soldiers’ demographics. These faith leaders serve soldiers by ministering to them and by providing Biblical principals and advice. Of course, there are Jews, Muslims and others from diverse faith groups who are also a part of the chaplaincy as well. Currently, there are 2,700 individuals serving who represent 130 different religious groups.
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According to the New York Times, “Defense Department statistics show that about 9,400 of the nation’s 1.4 million active-duty military personnel identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, making them a larger subpopulation than Jews, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists in the military.” While still relatively small, the notion that this group makes up a more sizable slice of the overall pie than the others who are already represented by faith leader is intriguing.
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