While most military chaplains represent a religion or faith group, some countries, like the Netherlands, also employ humanist chaplains who offer a non-religious approach to chaplain support. Some groups such as the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, support the idea of such humanist chaplains in the military, and also work to make all chaplains more sensitive to the needs and rights of those who profess no belief in a god. Others advocate for secular chaplains who have no faith identification but who do have the professional qualifications for the counseling and advisory responsibilities of chaplains.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Defence Chaplains Needed...
A recent job ad for Defence Chaplains in the Weekend Australian made me think: I had naïvely thought that such positions were paid for by the church. The nexus between religion and war is ever present, but still no less disturbing. The focus of these positions seems to be wholly christian. However, as Wikipedia notes: