Chaplains Group: Make the Military Great Again
Update: Now covered at the Stars and Stripes.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is calling on the new Acting Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Robert Speer, to reverse a last minute policy by outgoing Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning directing the Army to conduct “training on implicit or unconscious bias”:
“The military exists to protect our nation, not to be used as a laboratory for social engineering — and especially not from an outgoing official’s 11th hour order,” said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USA (Retired)…“This directive does nothing to increase military readiness but wastes valuable training time just to promote a political agenda.”
The letter (PDF) notes that “implicit or unconscious bias” isn’t even defined by the Army — but there’s at least one strong possibility:
We believe this is a direct assault on those Army personnel who hold traditional Biblical beliefs concerning sexual ethics.
Given society’s view on sexuality and religion — a view likely repeated in that society’s military — it doesn’t seem like an unreasonable conclusion.
At a practical level, the Chaplain Alliance notes Soldiers don’t need yet one more training event to force them to focus on something besides combat readiness.
Given that Secretary Speer is a holdover from the Obama administration, the letter was also copied to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
The letter is signed by more than a dozen chaplain endorsers representing more than 50% of chaplains in the US military.