The segment covers the need for secular chaplains as well as the problems with the military’s “spiritual fitness” tests:
Justin Griffith: It went on and on telling me that I need to improve my spiritual fitness. But if I need help, I call this 1-800 number. So I called that 1-800 number, and I was basically just going to yell at whoever it was, and to my surprise this was a suicide hotline. I was told that I was suicidal because I was not religious.
No matter who they interviewed to represent the “opposition,” the answers were never very thoughtful:
Colonel Stephen Sicinski: I don’t see there being any inequality today. I’m not tracking as to where you might think that there is inequality of treatment. We don’t treat soldiers that are atheists as atheists. We treat them as soldiers.
[National Association of Evangelicals vice president] Galen Carey: Well, evangelicals very strongly supported the men and women in uniform, and they want to see that their spiritual needs are met. I don’t think you would find many who could understand, frankly, the point of a chaplain for atheists.
Will it produce any change within the military? Not yet. But the more we keep the pressure on, the faster change will happen. The atheists clearly have the facts on their side. Carey and Sicinski have nothing but their own prejudices.