Some religious conservatives are claiming that military chaplains aren’t allowed to pray in Jesus’ name. But, no surprise, that’s way overstated.
The policy announced last month asks that chaplains give nonsectarian prayers in “command functions” in which soldiers of many faiths are encouraged or required to attend. It doesn’t apply to religious services or other functions. Sounds reasonable. But some conservatives in Congress are asking for — and religious broadcasters are demanding — a presidential order guaranteeing the right of chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus.
Such an order is not needed and is based on “confusion and misinformation,” the Rev. Herman Keizer Jr., chairman of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces, which represents more than 70 percent of military chaplains, told The Washington Post. “This has been portrayed as though chaplains are not allowed to pray in Jesus’ name, without any distinction between what they do all the time in worship services and what they do occasionally, in ceremonial settings where attendance is mandatory,” Keizer said.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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