Some military chaplains uneasy on planned repeal of 'Don't Ask' policy

Say change will infringe on religious beliefs
As Congress and the Pentagon grapple with a proposal to allow gays to serve openly in the military, some chaplains— especially evangelicals—worry that the change will infringe on their religious beliefs.

“It’s morally wrong,” said Billy Baugham, executive director of the International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers, saying his group believes the Bible condemns homo sexuality.

“The implication of that is that the military is going to force military personnel—both Christians and non-Christians —to accept that value.”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, with the backing of the White House and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon will spend a year studying the ramifications of repealing the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy, which has been in place since 1993.


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