How Many Religions Are Enough

The military just revised again it list of “faiths” from which new recruits can choose as their own. The list is now 216.

This list is a fascinating peak at our entire society. Not only are there 216 choices but several of these choices refer to a groups of beliefs that are further sliced and diced.

The Chaplain Corp tries to keep current on these so Chaplains can respect whatever the views are of individual soldiers. I can’t imagine, however, how a Chaplain who grew up in and was ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention serves the spiritual needs of a Wiccan soldier.

I’m sure it is popular in Congress to fund the Chaplain Corp. But one has to wonder if it has outlived its usefulness.

Today, a large part of the military is outsourced to private contractors. Trucking, food service and many other duties are performed not by military personnel but employees of corporations. When they are working in harm’s way and need a clergy, I assume there are none available for them and they tough it out.

Atheist soldiers have toughed it out for two hundred years of our history and one assumes religious soldiers can do the same. There are physicians with psychiatric training around I assume.

If the current growth of religious variety continues, which seems likely, we will eventually have a thousand then two thousand different religions represented in the military. Even with the current 216 the military chaplains are unable to service thousands of military personnel.

The number of religions has outrun Chaplain Corp.

 

 

16 Responses

  1. entech

    It wasn’t too long ago that you found the need to comment on the increase (thought I would get in first with than one).
    Pretty soon we will have to make it even more versatile. How about a hundred multiple choice questions that way everyone can design there own, of course they would all still be called Jesus but the soldiers can say that my Jesus is closer to what I want him to be, perhaps we could have one each. Only in America.

    1. entech 12:48 Pretty soon we will have to make it even more versatile. How about a hundred multiple choice questions that way everyone can design there own, of course they would all still be called Jesus but the soldiers can say that my Jesus is closer to what I want him to be, perhaps we could have one each. Only in America.

      Great idea. It could be part of the President’s “Make American Great Again.” Every soldier gets their own Jesus.

  2. Matt Noah

    I was up all last night worrying about how many military chaplains would be needed or wanted. No wait, that was my concern over the growing, worldwide terrorist plague.

  3. Matt Noah

    Father Mulcahy seemed to be fine on M*A*S*H. If you need a chaplain for every religion in a military unit, how would that work? It wouldn’t. Rather than be in all-Catholic unit, I’d prefer one that knew how to fight with every perceivable weapon and could out-think the enemy in any situation.

  4. Rob

    It’s too bad that for 200 years no atheists would volunteer to help their fellow atheists in time of need. Speaks volumes.

    1. Grandma

      And…….. how do you know that? By the way, many of us godless heathens spend quite a bit of time and money helping the people in our communities without asking their religious preference.

      1. Catcher

        @ 6;21; re. “..helping people in our communities without asking their religious preference”. That goes for many of us in the Christian community too.

      2. Rob

        Don’t mind me Grandma, I’m just making wild, unproven, tangential connections in an effort to make atheists look bad. Just think of it as the exact same thing Jon does, but the other way around.

          1. Jinx II

            You mirroring Jon? BWAAAH AHAH HAHAHA! You idiot, you must be looking in one of those carnival mirrors that distorts your reality!!!! HaHaHA……..I needed a good laugh, Thank YOU robbie HaHAHA

    2. Jinx II

      robbie, they likely would have been shot in the back by your kind so they kept it on a need to know basis.

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