Religion and the Military

Son: Westboro Baptist Co-Founder on Death Bed

Westboro Baptist Church co-founder Fred Phelps Sr. is on his deathbed, the pastor's son, Nathan Phelps said. The younger Phelps also says his father was kicked out of the church. "I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the 'church' back in August of 2013,"... more

The Would-Be Chaplain Who Doesn't Believe in God

Jason Heap, who submitted paperwork in June to become the Navy's first humanist chaplain (Courtesy of Military Association)

WASHINGTON -- Jason Heap wants to be a Navy chaplain. But he doesn't believe in God. Belief in a higher power, the 38-year-old humanist argues, has nothing to do with that work. "I am aware there are many who would be reticent or militant against that," he said. "But at the end of the day, my job is not to inculcate my viewpoints onto other pe... more

Activists Mount New Campaign for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON -- Christian activists are pledging to mount a new campaign to protect religious freedom in the military, saying they’re seeing growing evidence of an anti-faith bent among military and administration leaders. “We get calls all the time telling us how bad it is to be a religious person in the military,” said retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Bo... more

DoD: OK to Talk About Faith, Not to Push On Others

Bible in hand, a chaplain for the Mississippi Army National Guard, conducts chapel service in the field. Andy Thaggard/U.S. Army

WASHINGTON -- It’s OK to evangelize. But it’s not OK to proselytize. That’s what the Pentagon said Thursday, attempting to clarify its position on religious speech in uniform as controversy swirled up around press reports over possible prosecutions of troops for sharing their faith. What it comes down to, officials said, is that discussing mat... more

Southern Baptist Website Blocked on Some US Bases

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some military chaplains trying to access the Southern Baptist Convention website this week were surprised to find it blocked with a message that it contained "hostile content." The problem left military officials having to explain to leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination that it was an unintentional softwar... more

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