U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black Says Military Chaplains May Be Accused of ‘Hate Speech’ for Opposing Homosexuality

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black Says Military Chaplains May Be Accused of ‘Hate Speech’ for Opposing Homosexuality

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April 30, 2013 8:34 AM

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Military chaplains cannot be forced to do something in opposition to their theology, but they may have problems with being accused of “hate speech” for teaching what scripture says about homosexuality, Barry Black, the U.S. Senate Chaplain and a former military chaplain, told a Heritage Foundation audience Monday. He also said he does not believe that the occasions where military chaplains are expected to pray inclusive prayers is a serious problem.

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The military directives make clear, Black said, that military chaplains cannot be forced to do something they are opposed to doctrinally. He added, though, that some military chaplains may find themselves in a bind because of the scripture passages that describe homosexual behavior as a sin.

“I can see many military chaplains having some problems because, to teach the passages of Paul with exegetical integrity would mean being accused of engaging in hate speech. So, this is a challenge that I think we’re going to have to deal with going forward,” Black said.

Black’s remarks were in response to a question about presiding over same-sex marriage ceremonies after his speech called, “Bridging the Religious and Secular Divide.” In the speech, he encouraged Christians to bring their faith into the workplace by being “salt and light” and by witnessing without words. By being ethically congruent and focusing on one’s actions, Black said, Christians can make a difference in their workplaces without using words. Quoting Francis of Assisi, Black said, “preach the gospel everywhere you go, when necessary use words.”

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