In the midst of all the politicking going around about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, some retired chaplains have decided to share their thoughts. Once again, they pull the “religious freedom” card. They feel that if they preach that homosexuality is a sin, that they will be accused of being prejudiced.
There’s just one little problems with this argument – Core Tenants
In 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the state to judge which beliefs are essential to a certain religious group. If a person in charge were to question a chaplain’s reasoning for preaching against homosexuality, then all s/he has to do is state that homosexuality is a violation of his/her essential beliefs, and that would be the last word on the matter. That’s be beauty of the first amendment – it no only protects the government from religion, but it protects religion from the government.
Now, it can be questioned why there are people in the military who are there specifically for religious reasons, but that is another topic.