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Now a story you'll only see on fox an effort to get the navy to accept chaplains.
Who do not believe in god.
As you can imagine that initiative has created quite a bit of controversy tonight.
The first reaction from the Defense Department to the idea and real effort to hire atheist -- Here's chief national correspondent Jim Angle.
It's just total nonsense.
Of having a chaplain who is an atheist.
It sounds like a contradiction in terms but for the first time ever a group of atheist and humanist are pushing the military to have chaplains who share their belief that god does not exist what -- tells us about the afterlife is that there is -- when you -- You're dead the obvious question is why an atheist would need a javelin even an atheist one when there are counselors of all kinds.
That's what they're warning them they need to come at it differently.
Instead it is saying we want to make this chapel but those supporting the -- say there's an important difference between chaplains and others such as psychologists and psychiatrists.
First of all in the military seen medical profession or counselor sometimes has some stigma attached to -- And might affect advancement he says Collins a chaplain in the air force reserves says while on active duty he served everyone including -- So many -- in our world today just need someone to listen they just need someone to care.
And -- that can't be anything but that not fulfill parole that a thanks very valuable.
Mature -- says it's not the -- don't help atheists is that they don't reach out to them they don't provide that positive outreach and support.
And facilitating -- services that they do for.
All of those beliefs.
That aren't there are getting -- chaplains approved though faces an obstacle you can't just show for the recruiters office and say I wanna be a chaplain.
You have to have and endorsing faith.
Such as the Methodist or Catholic Church for instance but -- says the humanist association is already recognized as a religious group by the IRS and that should devise.
But those who oppose the -- all suspect some politics -- apply.
This is pushing an agenda that is really trying.
Although over not overtly but I think -- -- is trying to undermine the -- role in the military.
-- navy is applicant is already applied any of these rejected -- -- suggests problems ahead if that's the case then I think chaplains he is really going to be in trouble.
-- -- church state conflict.
And today the navy tells fox that the Defense Department does not recognize the -- as a legitimate group to endorse chaplin's so the first try it goes nowhere.
But more battles to come for sure Brett will follow Jim thank you.
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