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Chaplains Battle DADT Repeal

Chaplains Battle DADT Repeal


Chaplains from the Southern Baptist Convention say their ability to serve the military properly may be in jeopardy if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is repealed, according to Religion News Service.

"If there was a prohibition about certain kinds of literature that did not espouse homosexuality, I can see the Bible being banned in the military," the Reverend David Mullis, a military chaplaincy coordinator, said.

Southern Baptists have the most chaplains -- at 448 -- serving active duty. The Catholic Church comes in a distant second with 252 chaplains on active duty. While the Catholic Church opposes the repeal, its members have not threatened to remove their chaplains if the U.S. Senate approves the repeal.

Other religious groups are encouraging more inclusion in the military. Representatives from the Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalists, and the Alliance of Baptists wrote letters encouraging Congress to proceed with the repeal.

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