ADF Senior VP; Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb writes:
February 2, 1943: the bitter chill of the North Atlantic suffused the dusk as an Allied convoy laden with troops and gear wallowed its way to Europe. Those who could sleep did so uneasily; German submarines crept about nearby.
The first hour of February 3, 1943 would be the last hour for the transport ship Dorchester. Minutes after midnight, the ship was gut-shot by a German torpedo. Dark terror ensued—without power or lights, heaving in the winter seas, the 902 men aboard sought their salvation from the deep.
Only 230 would succeed.
But from that horror emerged the remarkable story of four Army chaplains who acted with uncommon valor—steadying the panicked troops, guiding them to safety, urging calm amidst the chaos. As the ship pitched in its death throes, the four handed their own life jackets to troopers who had none, and with that final act of grace they surrendered their lives for the sake of others.
While the valor was uncommon, the will to serve was not – and the military properly honored the right of all chaplains to serve both as religious leaders and secular counselors. But sadly, that high regard is now undercut by President Obama imposing open homosexual behavior on the military by repealing the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Now, while the repeal is scarcely a done deal, military officials who prefer political correctness over moral courage began implementing some bizarre changes. The breaking point came when the Navy ordered its chapels to be open to same-sex “marriages,” in defiance of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Legislators swiftly responded and the Navy backed off—for now. But the conflict between the impending military sexual “morality” and that taught by the vast majority of chaplains could no longer be hidden.
Their protest resonates with the spirit of the four sacrificial chaplains who were willing to serve whatever the cost, reserving only one thing: “Chaplains have a tremendous moral responsibility to insure that when they preach, teach or counsel, they do so in accordance with their conscience and in harmony with the faith group by which they are endorsed.”
Bluntly put, chaplains cannot and will not sacrifice Christian truths at the altar of President Obama’s sexual politics—a reality that the President had fair warning of. Now that the warning is becoming reality, Congress must act to protect the faithful service of the Chaplains, lest the military find itself on the wrong side of history in a war of morals. Do your part and let your Senators and Representatives know of the endorsing agencies’ concerns while there is still time to act!
Visit “Faith Under Fire” to learn more about how the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” threatens religious liberty.