A federal appeals court has rejected discrimination claims from a conservative Christian chaplain who stated her former employer, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), fired her because of her beliefs a decade ago.
My late father was drafted into the Army at the tail end of World War II. With action in Europe and the Pacific winding down, he was shipped to the emerging hotspot of Korea. He once told me a story about how chaplains on the transport ship would announce religious services: Catholics were told to go to one side of the boat and Protestants to the other.
“What about the soldiers who were neither?” I asked.
My dad shrugged. “I guess nobody thought about them.”
A Department of Veterans Affairs employee was escorted away by police after asking whether it’s a violation of separation of church and state to have religious proselytizers handing out Bibles at the federal hospital in Phoenix.
Religious Right activists love to spread tales of outrage about alleged attempts by government officials to censor religion. These stories are great for fund-raising and stirring up the faithful, but over the years I’ve learned to be skeptical of them.