In 2011, the Pentagon issued an order to all military chaplains instructing them that they were to perform same-sex marriages and to make their facilities available for same-sex ceremonies. Failure to comply with the order could result in a court-martial.
In 2012, the Pentagon instructed chaplains to stop preaching against a number sins including homosexuality. If they continued to preach against these things, they could face charges of sedition and treason.
Now, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is planning on taking on the Pentagon by ordering all of their military chaplains to not perform same-sex marriages and from being involved in counseling sessions or couples retreats for same-sex couples. Since the Southern Baptist Convention provides more military chaplains than any other Protestant denomination, this has all the makings of an old fashioned showdown between them and the Obama’s Pentagon.
Maj. Gen. Doug Carver, Retired, heads up the North American Mission Board (NAMB) chaplain services and spoke about the new SBC guidelines, saying:
“Our chaplains want to uphold the authority and relevancy of Scripture while continuing to serve in a very diverse setting. We believe these updated guidelines will help them do that while still sharing the love and the hope of Christ with everyone.”
A spokesman for the NAMB said that the SBC met with officials from the Defense Department while working up the new guidelines for their chaplains and that the DOD is in agreement with them. Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, DOD spokesman stated:
“Further, a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion or personal beliefs.”
This is a complete contradiction to orders the DOD previously sent out all of their chaplains in the past couple of years. I can’t help but wonder if the DOD just provided lip service to the Southern Baptist Convention in order to get them to instruct their chaplains to defy previous orders issued by the DOD. Once enough chaplains obey the SBC guidelines and refuse to conduct same-sex marriages, the DOD will start to clamp down and enforce those pervious orders. The motive would be to force Christian chaplains out of the military and thus opening the military up for more Muslim and atheist chaplains.
Islam looks down on homosexuality just as much as Christians do, but I’ve yet to hear of any Muslim chaplains getting in the same troubles as Christian chaplains. When the Pentagon clamps down on Christian chaplains, will they also clamp down on Muslim chaplains, or will Obama protect his own?