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The United States Constitution in Article VI, paragraph 3, states in part: “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanistmilitary chaplain. All the evidence leads invariably to the conclusion this decision was based upon a Constitutionally prohibited “religious test.” If true, this action by the Navy would be a violation of the oath taken by the Navy Chief of Chaplains and his staff to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. More significantly, it would be a denial of the religious liberty of Mr. Heap and all other service members and their families who do not share their belief in God.