HUFFINGTON POST – Evolution in the Chaplain Corps?

By Mike Farrell, MRFF Advisory Board Member

Mike Farrell, best known as BJ Hunnicutt of TV’s “M*A*S*H,” is a member of MRFF’s Board of Advisors and the author of “Just Call Me Mike; A Journey to Actor and Activist,” and “Of Mule and Man.”

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • It’s interesting how some things change. Evolution suggests a natural process of growth and development based on a somehow-perceived need for an entity to adapt to new or altered circumstances. The implication, since it is a natural process, is that the change, the new evolved state, will be an improvement over the old.But what does one call it when it’s not?
  • Today, a huge percentage of our military chaplains, according to thousands of aggrieved American servicemen and women, present themselves as fevered salesmen for a fundamentalist version of Christianity rather than as simple, caring souls with a willingness to listen and no attached quid pro quo. These religious hucksters see themselves as “government-paid missionaries” and the youth under their domain “as ripe as black bananas.”
  • The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), has been sounding the alarm about the brazen sectarian assault on our Constitutionally protected separation of church and state that this cultish group’s tactics represent (See here for an example). While no one disputes the individual American’s right to believe — or not believe — as he or she chooses, the degree to which the purveyors of this particular belief system — fundamentalist, Dominionist Christianity — have insinuated themselves, not only in the chaplaincy but in the military hierarchy as well, is unnerving.
  • …The zealous pursuit of converts to this singular view, this One Way, reminds me in part of the dragooning by glassy-eyed Moonie recruiters or seductive Scientologists whose victims and whose heartbroken families we tried to help when I was associated with the original Cult Awareness Network.

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