Chaplain Story on NPR
I heard this ridiculous story on NPR this morning from everyone's favorite hack, Barbara Bradley Hagerty:
While most military personnel see no problem serving with openly gay comrades, some military chaplains are bristling. Many of the 3,000 chaplains are evangelical and believe repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy may affect how they do their jobs.
Ronald Crews, a retired Army colonel and chaplain, works with active chaplains from his evangelical denomination. A few months ago, he began asking military chaplains what they thought about repealing don't ask, don't tell. One response in particular bothered him. The chaplain had just returned from a briefing by a general about the impact of changing the policy and asked if the military would protect him if he asserted that homosexuality is a sin.
"And the response he received from this four-star general was, 'If you cannot accept the changes coming, you have an option: You can resign your commission,' " Crews says.
Crews is one of 66 retired chaplains who sent a letter urging President Obama to retain don't ask, don't tell. Active duty chaplains have also complained anonymously. One said in a Pentagon survey that the change creates an "unavoidable conflict" with his ability to preach and teach the Bible. Another asked whether chaplains would be forced to integrate gay soldiers into family ministry.
I wonder who Ron Crews is. I'm sure he's just a concerned retired chaplain, since that's how he is referred to in the story. Certainly doesn't have an agenda. Oh Wait, what's this Google thing I keep hearing about… Here, here and here
I am a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and currently a chaplain in the Massahusetts National Guard with the rank of Colonel, I am the father of four grown and two grandchildren. I was an effective legislator in the State of Georgia before I moved to Ashland to become the president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, where I have been a leading advocate statewide for marriage between a man and a woman - and other issues that impact families.
Crews ran for Congress in 2004. Here's what his opponent James McGovern had to say about him at the time "When Ron Crews gets up in the morning, the first thing he thinks about is gay marriage. … I don't think that is the most important issue for most families."
McGovern is right – it's not something that people worry about. I live in MA, and we appear to be surviving with all the gay marrying going on around us.
DADT shouldn't be the most important issue for a military chaplain either. It should be helping soldiers out with an incredibly difficult job.
Anyway, setting aside all of that, Hagerty is officially the hackiest reporter on NPR right now. Does she ever NOT have some hidden agenda in her stories?