Rep. Doug Collins: Atheists ‘subversively’ trying to undermine military chaplains

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 22:07 EDT
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Congressman Doug Collins on Fox News (Screenshot)
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A Republican congressman and chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves told Fox News on Tuesday that atheists were trying to subvert military chaplains.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said he objected to the push for atheist chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“This is pushing an agenda that is really trying, although not overtly, but I think subversively, is trying to undermine the chaplains role in the military,” he explained.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) offered amendments to an annual defense spending bill that would have allowed humanists and other nonbelievers to join the Chaplain Corps. The two Democrats argued it was wrong that atheists were forced to seek advice from psychiatrists or psychologists, while believers could seek out a chaplain who represented their faith.

The amendments were rejected in the Republican-led House.

“In the military, seeing a medical professional or counselor sometimes has some stigma attached to it,” Polis explained to Fox News.

Jason Torpy of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers also told Fox News that chaplains didn’t reach out to nonbelievers or offer them the same level of support.

Watch video, courtesy of Fox News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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