Military Chaplaincy, Part 8

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from Francis Quarles. He said, “There is no such merchant as the charitable man; he gives trifles which he could not keep, to receive treasure which he cannot lose.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Military Chaplaincy (Part 8)

— Proselytizing and the First Amendment

While a chaplain is expected and encouraged to act as a representative of his or her own faith body, military members are protected by the First Amendment from any unwanted or unsolicited religious pressures. It is expected that their religious needs will be provided for under the “free exercise of religion” clause. In other words, United States law prohibits the chaplain from taking abusive advantage of his or her rank, position, or circumstances to evangelize, proselytize, or otherwise coerce or influence a person whose faith is different from the chaplain’s own.