***Update***: Links have been fixed!
Josh Moon of the Montgomery Advertiser — a self-described Christian — has some beautifully harsh words for Christian chaplains who are calling to keep “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” intact so they won’t have to counsel gay soldiers:
Jesus Christ seemed to be a big proponent of treating others the way you would want to be treated… on more than one occasion, he encouraged all of us to do the same. You would think that accepting mindset would be especially important for a group of chaplains.
Turns out, not so much.
At least, not when there’s a chance they might get some of the gay on them.
The chaplains’ primary concern is that counseling against a homosexual lifestyle in an “open” military could lead to chaplains being disciplined under the military’s nondiscrimination policy.
It’s an argument that sounds good … if you give it absolutely no thought.
So, let me see if I’ve got this straight. A Christian chaplain can find it within to respectfully counsel a Muslim soldier or a Wiccan, but he won’t be able to avoid offending the gay soldier?
Please, spare me the nonsense.
… what I can tell you is that from reading the red parts of the Bible, I know it’s not anyone’s place to judge another. If someone asks for advice, you give it. If you see a spot where you can help, you try.
But you don’t judge. And you never turn your back on anyone.
Why is it that it’s often those most closely connected to the church — the ones who have the resources and standing to do the most good — who struggle the most with those two concepts?
The answer is simple if you think about how many Christians place “Biblical truth” over common sense.
When DADT gets repealed, I hope those chaplains get disciplined if they refuse to provide helpful counseling to all members of the armed forces. What would they do in response? Quit? Good riddance.
If the decision has to be made between government-paid bigoted chaplains and openly gay soldiers, I know who I would keep.
Kudos to the good chaplains already out there — the ones who provide help to everybody, regardless of religion or sexual orientation.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)