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    Here's a passage from the piece in The Hill last month about Polis's amendment:

    Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said nearly a quarter of people serving in the military are nonreligious, but under current law, spiritual advisers must be appointed by religious organizations, like the Catholic Church. His amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would have changed that to allow "nontheistic" organizations to appoint people to the military's chaplain corps.

    "What my amendment would simply do is allow chaplains who are certified or ordained, secular humanists and ethical culturalists or atheists, to also be able to support the brave men and women who serve in our military," Polis said.

    Polis said his amendment is needed because the only other counseling option available to nonreligious service members is to see a mental health expert.

    "When someone sees a psychologist, psychiatrist or counselor, it has a certain stigma that can be attached to it that doesn't exist when you're seeing a chaplain," he said. "It also doesn't enjoy the same confidentiality that a chaplain visit does."

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    •  There's an additional wrinkle (0+ / 0-) that access to on-base meeting space is tied to having a recognized chaplain.  No chaplain, you can't meet on base.  Or so I was given to understand.

      It should be easy to frame this:  You don't want non-religions chaplains?  Then you have to do away with the religious ones too.  That would impose unfair hardships on the believers?  Why is it fair to do it to the nonbelievers, then?

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 12:24:37 PM PDT

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