December 4, 2011
Retired Army captain and Iraqi war veteran Jason Torpy says the chaplains employed by the U.S. military can’t relate to people like him. He’s an atheist.
He’s also the president of a group that’s trying to get the armed forces to become more inclusive by hiring atheist chaplains. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers wants the military to provide for the estimated 40,000 atheists, agnostics and humanists who serve in U.S. forces.
Military chaplains, most of whom are Protestant Christians, are assigned many secular advising duties, including marriage, family and suicide counseling, Torpy tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin. They touch so many parts of service members’ lives, he says, they can help improve what he sees as an environment of exclusion.
Kentucky church bans interracial couples
Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Kentucky has banned interracial couples. In a 9-6 vote the church passed a resolution banning the couples. Read that resolution here: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/kentucky-church-bans-interracial-marriage-150009470.html
I’m actually glad that a church is showing its true colors. Church is a place where people go to celebrate their sameness, their conformity. They call it “shared values” and “community,” but they’re an insular community and their values aren’t shared, they’re dictated. You can choose to see this as a church acting bigoted, and it is, but I choose to see it as an interracial couples’ first step toward true freedom: Freedom FROM religion.
A lot of gay people are saying that Chickfila hates gay people when they don’t hate them at all. They, like me, just don’t support the sin. They love the sinner, not the sin. People make too much of a big deal over it. If you don’t like it, don’t eat there and stop complaining about it. I know plenty of gay people who love Chickfila. I’ve only ever met one anti’Chickfila person ever. Anyhow, Chickfila haters make me want to eat double Chickfila.
First of all, “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” is a big steaming pile of b***shit and you have to know it’s simply a little turn of phrase Christians use to justify marginalizing people.But let’s get real about what you’re saying here. You make it sound like some passive fucking thing, like they’re just not funding gay rights. Quite the opposite. Chick-fil-a doesn’t just “not support” homosexuals, they use their money, which they get from customers, to fund anti-gay hate groups and legislation preventing equal rights.
Also, how fucking dare you say in one breath “If you don’t like it don’t eat there” AND “Stop complaining about it.” What an unAmerican sentiment. No one is calling for Chick-Fil-A to be shut down or audited, what they’re doing is perfectly legal. However, since I’m a conscientious consumer, unlike you, I make responsible decisions about where my money goes. Not only that, but by what you callously call “complaining,” I’m making other conscientious consumers aware of the damage hate-groups funded by Chick-Fil-A causes. Maybe if we all agree not to give them our money because we don’t like what they do with it, they’ll reconsider their behavior. We all vote with our dollar in this country, dickbag, and I’m voting for transparency and equality. The fact that you know a single gay person who likes Chick-Fil-A PROVES not enough people are complaining.
But, you know what, why don’t you go and eat double chick-fil-a and absorb all that PhIP and when you get cancer, well, I’ll tell you to love those sinners by keeping your mouth shut.