In a fascinating example of his tone deaf prejudice, Tom Carpenter of the Forum on the Military Chaplaincy managed to, yet again, demonstrate his bias when he highlighted Chaplain (LtCol) Khallid Shabazz — the soon-to-be first Muslim Division chaplain in the US Army. Carpenter said Chaplain Shabazz was
A real world example of how a chaplain of one faith provides support for troops and their family members who do not share his religion.
It is worth noting every military chaplain is tasked to provide support even for those who do not share his religion — and Carpenter has never provided a “real world example” of one who didn’t, though he has certainly made plenty of baseless accusations.
More tellingly, Carpenter made a fascinating assumption in Read more
US Army Chaplain (LtCol) Khallid Shabazz has been all over the news the past few days in response to the recent revelation he — a Muslim chaplain — was being installed as the chaplain for the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
Given the social reaction to Islam in America, to an outsider it may sound a bit dramatic for a Muslim to become the “spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers,” as he has been portrayed in the press, but it’s not quite the fuss it’s being made out to be.
For one thing, Shabazz is no more a “spiritual leader” (a term the media is using, not Shabazz or Read more
On military moves to a state that would allow a boy to use a girl’s locker room:
[Military families with children] are being asked to choose between our country and keeping our kids safe. Being military, we don’t have a say which state we move to next. We don’t know if it will be a state that protects our civil rights or one that won’t.
On policies that would create a “right” to choose which bathroom, shower, or other traditionally private facilities they want to use: Read more
The Virginian-Pilot reports the US Air Force has taken down posters hung at Langley Air Force Base because they contained “gendered language.” The Air Force had previously defended the posters against accusations by Michael “Mikey” Weinstein that they violated regulations on religion. With that avenue closed, the National Organization for Women rolled in and declared the posters “sexist” because they referred to “men” and “gentlemen”. The Air Force now says [emphasis added]
With additional time to review all seven posters outside the narrower, primarily religious context of the original complaint about two of them, we concluded the gendered language used in the display interfered with intended messages about personal integrity.
We’ve chosen to update the display with something that reflects the diverse and inclusive force we are today.
How the Air Force believes “gendered language” “interfere[s]” with “personal integrity” might make a fascinating discussion.
For his part, Mikey Weinstein — ignored by the Air Force, again — appeared Read more
“Children should not be turned into pawns of culture war experimentation…
“There are good reasons to put boys and girls in different bathrooms and locker rooms and sometimes sports teams, reasons that don’t impugn the dignity of people but uphold it… Every human being knows that there are important, and necessary, differences between men and women. Without such recognition, women are harmed and men are coarsened…
“If anything, there’s much more of a case to be made that one can feel to be a different age than one’s doctor’s exam or birth certificate would show…It’s something else entirely if chronological self-identity is Read more
A fascinatingly simple and pithy billboard in North Carolina has generated an unusual amount of attention and angst:
A billboard appeared last weekend on a highway connecting the city of Winston-Salem to Greensboro that reads, “Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.”
One woman is organizing a protest against the billboard, calling it insulting — but only insulting to women:
Molly Grace, a boutique owner in Winston-Salem, said she sees the sign as an attempt to silence women who want to be seen as equals to men.
“It’s absolutely, absolutely insulting to single mothers, to women who Read more
People tend to connect more through their faith than anything else.
– Chaplain Abuhena Saifulislam
US Navy Chaplain (Cmdr) Abuhena Saifulislam, stationed in Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as the USAFRICOM deputy command chaplain, recently spent a week in Djibouti
with members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Religious and Civil Affairs, they met with the deputy director of Islamic affairs for Djibouti, the Sultan of Tadjoura and representatives of the Red Crescent Society of Djibouti among others.
Besides meeting with local leaders, Saifulislam participated in religious Read more
Quietly and without controversy, the US Air Force Academy hosted its annual prayer luncheon last week.
The keynote address came from motivational speaker DJ “Eagle Bear” Vanas, a 1993 USAFA graduate and “enrolled member” of the Odawa Nation, a Native American tribe:
“Our spirituality makes us strong from the inside-out,” he said. “It strengthens and sustains us…
When we practice our spiritual faith, we make better decisions.”
The USAFA article references only Read more