Chaplains in the military are claiming that their religious belifes will be threatened by allowing openly gay and lesbian service members, because the tenets of those chaplains religion...whether it be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. do not agree with homosexuality.
Two things. 1. Would not a Christian chaplains religious beliefs be severely hampered if say, a Jewish man goes to him? As the article says, chaplains routinely counsel those who are not of their particular belief system...why should gay people be any different?
2. The chaplains are claiming that their religious rights are at risk through this policy. Could it not be said that the rights of gay and lesbian service members are also at risk because they have to hide their orientation and lie to their superiors? Why are the religious rights of the chaplains more important than the rights of gay and lesbian servicemen and women? The Christians will claim that it is ok for gays and lesbians to serve in silence because they chose to be that way, and thus they should not get any "special" rights. Lets take the "choosing" your sexuality argument as valid...even though all literature shows that that is not the case. Do you choose your religion? Yes, Duh!! But though you choose your religion, the right may say, it is very deep and personal to you...and your sexual orientation is not??? In my opinion, if gays cannot serve openly because the poor chaplains will be "persecuted" because of their beliefs on homosexuality, then those same chaplains should not be able to serve, because freedom of religion should not trump the freedom to be who you intrinsically are.
Though I know the DADT issue has almost come to a close...I still believe that we must be vigilant for its repeal...because the religious right is going to try everything to stop this repeal.