Southern Baptists and "Don’t ask, don’t tell"

Today’s Washington Post reports that the large number of military chaplains from the highly conservative Southern Baptist Convention may have a disproportionate influence on the debate about repealing “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” “‘If a policy makes it more difficult – in fact, discourages – one of the groups that provides one of the largest numbers of chaplains to the military community from continuing to engage in chaplaincy ministry, that should raise significant concerns for them about the…spiritual well-being of our men and women in uniform,’ said Barrett Duke…” from a Southern Baptist research institute.

Well, if the quality of that ministry is such that they need to perpetuate prejudice and bigotry based on a few misunderstood and misinterpreted passages from scripture, then perhaps the loss of their “ministry” to those in uniform might not be such a bad thing.

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