Respecting the Constitution

The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and its Potential Impact on Religious Liberty

One issue that hasn’t been adequately addressed in the media is how the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will impact the religious liberty of military chaplains (as well as soldiers) who believe that homosexuality is sinful.

Apart from pointing out the incessant whining that is characteristic of people who are convinced that the presence of people who disagree with their religious certainty somehow affects their religious liberty, I must point out another important point that this person most likely never considered.

There shouldn’t be chaplains in the military in the first place.

We should not be using taxpayer dollars to hire people to advocate positions of faith. The act of hiring chaplains fails every legal principle out there, and it has absolutely no secular purpose. It violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution of the United States, and I very much look forward to a day when this hiring policy is challenged.

James Madison, nicknamed “the father of the Constitution”, not only co-authored the First Amendment, but wrote the following:

The law appointing Chaplains establishes a religious worship for the national representatives, to be performed by Ministers of religion, elected by a majority of them; and these are to be paid out of the national taxes. Does not this involve the principle of a national establishment, applicable to a provision for a religious worship for the Constituent as well as of the representative Body, approved by the majority, and conducted by Ministers of religion paid by the entire nation.

If religious people want us to honor their religious liberty, I say fine. I don’t care what faith-based morality you want to promote, as long as it is only advocated at home, church, or other privately-owned outlets. But when tax dollars go into your cause, that violates my liberties and the rights of thousands of nonreligious service members.

Posted on December 21, 2010, in Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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