Ex-chaplains reject change for gays in the military

Say they will be forced to choose whether to obey God or humans
More than 40 retired military chaplains have warned President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates that allowing gays to serve openly in the military will force current chaplains to choose between obeying God or men.

“This forced choice must be faced, since orthodox Christianity—which represents a significant percentage of religious belief in the armed forces—does not affirm homosexual behavior,” the chaplains wrote in an April 28 letter spearheaded by the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund.

The retired chaplains—affiliated with conservative denominations such as the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church in America and the Southern Baptist Convention—said the change could force chaplains to water down their teachings or force them to counsel views that conflict with official military policies.


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