DUFFEL BLOG (SATIRE) – Army Disbands Chaplain Corps, Says Military Is ‘No Place For Superstition’

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Referencing the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the all-army memorandum (called an ALARACT) says the Army will “lead the way in further bringing the military into a future where all servicemembers are free of bigotry, exclusion and intolerance, and where all identities, family structures and lifestyles are celebrated and supported equally.”

It then goes on to declare that the existence of official officers of faith within the ranks is “inconsistent with a new directive … there is no place for mythology and superstition in a 21st-century military, especially when these extreme beliefs are used to justify an unequal work and operating environment.”

Though sure to ruffle some feathers and require some retraining to improve attitudes and reduce confusion, the new policy is a welcome change, according to Bill Weinberger, founder of the Military Foundation for Religious Freedom (MFRF). Weinberger acted as consultant to the Department of the Army on formulation of the new policy.

“We’re not proposing to outlaw religion in the ranks, but rather to hinder the men who would misrepresent it at the behest of their own churches,” said Weinberger. “If it were possible to serve both country and a church organization, that would be one thing, but history is full of examples of the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.”

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