A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal approval may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.
In this issue of A Public Witness, we interrogate the arguments about military chaplains in the recent confirmation hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee. We also testify to the proper role of military chaplains and the problems with a misguided, sectarian approach favored by some
In 1917, when the United States entered the World War I, chaplaincy was a majority white and fully Christian organization. No law specifically stated the acceptable religious backgrounds of military chaplains, but only mainline Protestant ministers and Catholic priests wore the insignia of the military’s
[caption id="attachment_51569" align="alignleft" width="49"]James Layman[/caption]Chaplains —- military, medical and others —- work hard and sometimes can feel isolated in ministry. James Layman feels called to help change that in
The USS Merrimack, commissioned in 1856, was burned to the waterline when the Union forces abandoned the Norfolk (Va.) Naval Yards in April 1861. The Confederacy raised the ship a few weeks later and rebuilt her with iron plate armor and commissioned her as the
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ABP) – A group dedicated to separation of church and state in the armed forces charged that Southern Baptists are against religious equality after an article compared its work at the U.S. Air Force Academy to “a mission to rid the institution of