According to Red State, the latest military crisis has nothing to do with troop strength issues, retention issues, funding the treatment of the growing number of permanently injured soldiers, but has to do with the right to proselytize:
What Does John Warner Have Against Jesus? Excuse Me, I Meant J***s
Right now, depending upon the branch of the military, etc. some chaplains who take literally Christ’s exhortation to pray in his name, are compelled by the service to refrain from praying in Jesus’ name. The same goes for muslim chaplains and Jewish chaplains. Prayers at these non-denominational services must be just that, nondenominational.
But what of the chaplain who feels compelled by the word of his God to pray as his God dictates? Well, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wants to free up military chaplains who are running into conflicts between their conscience and command. Rep. Hunter, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has inserted a provision into the National Defense Authorization Act, which simply states, “chaplains in each of the military services would have the prerogative to pray according to the dictates of their own conscience.”***
Senator Warner’s provision would not protect chaplains who want to fully follow the commandments of their God. More and more it is the Christian chaplain who is getting into hot water for mentioning Jesus. So, again, what does John Warner have against Jesus?
You can’t make this shit up- John Warner is being accused of hating Jesus because he wants Chaplains to follow military regulations.
Let’s be clear about what is happening here. This is not a case of John Warner (a religious man himself), waking up in a cranky mood and deciding he needs to mess with God. It is Duncan Hunter, using the case of Lt. Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, a military man who was court-martialed for attending a political activity in uniform, to insert language into the National Defense Authorization Act, the bill that authorizes 480+ billion in expenditures for the military, to CHANGE the current standards for behavior by religious leaders in the military.
Get it right- THEY want to change the rules and guidelines to make it easier for the kind of bellicose proselytization we have seen become more frequent (more here) in the past few years. It isn’t John Warner simply hating the baby Jesus, so let’s make that clear.
Apparently, even in the military, these nitwits need all of us to hear about their God for them to really believe. We’ll file this post under the category of ‘faith.’
*** Update ***
The Other Steve has a great catch in the comments:
WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP!
The Political Bullshit alarm just went off. So I had to go look.
Duncan Hunter is facing John Rinaldi(Dem) in his reelection in 2006.
John Rinaldi was a Navy Reserves officer during Desert Storm, and…
was a Military Chaplain.
Just another example of the GOP cynically using religion and manipulating the faithful for their own electoral purposes. I can hear it now- so what if John Rinaldi was a military chaplain- DUNCAN HUNTER is REALLY changing lives with his work. Say it out loud so it sinks in- they are futzing with the language in the Defense Authorization Act to get themselves re-elected.