The United States military is facing the possibility of appointing atheist chaplains. The initial contradiction of having someone who does not believe in the existence of God functioning as a clergyman, someone who represents belief in God, does not seem to be a problem. Greta Van Sustren reports:
An atheist group is demanding an atheist chaplain in the military. The group claims that as more atheists join the military they need somewhere to go for support.
When soldiers who believe in God need support for their faith, the realities of war and the harsh life of a soldier is the primary challenge. Difficulties wear on a man’s belief in a transcendent God who is fundamentally good. But why would atheists need support? Does war make them question their atheism and tempt them to seek out God? If that is the case, then going to a chaplain would be the last thing an atheist should do. A chaplain, after all, functions primarily as a member of Christianity, and Christianity’s defining point of truth begins with the existence of God. When an atheist needs to talk about his problems, a counselor would be a better answer than the contradictory position of atheist chaplain. Modern psychology is fundamentally separated from sectarian ideas and operates on purely naturalist methods. It is about Freud and not faith.
The more common sense answer is that atheists need support in their atheism against the influence of their fellow soldiers. Soldiers in the military tend to be men who pray and read from holy texts, especially the Bible.
Proposing the position of an atheist chaplain is an effort to deliberately undermine the influence of Christianity among soldiers by forcing a religious position to adopt irreligious approaches in order to accommodate soldiers who do not believe in God. Such a change would not be just for the handful of atheist soldiers, but would apply to all soldiers, especially Christian. Those who would seek support for their faith would find a secular vacuum in the very position established to protect and venerate their faith. Atheists pushing for a chaplain position is ultimately an act of deliberate subversion of the Christian faith in the military.
It is the same reason feminist Sandra Fluke enrolled at the Catholic-influenced college Georgetown University and then deliberately challenged the college’s stance against insurance funding for birth control, a core conviction within the Catholic faith. It was an effort of subversion.
Atheists entering the military may or may not be an act of patriotism, but the push to establish a chaplaincy represented by irreligious thought is not. It is a political move meant to challenge Christianity in the American military until it is expunged of faith. The Christian soldier serves God and Country, but the atheist would demand service to Country and defiance of God.