No need for house chaplain
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Cokie and Steve Roberts’ column in The Daily Reflector on May 10 begs the question: Why have a House chaplain at all? If there is currently so much controversy between Catholics and Protestants, who share a belief in the same god, how much worse is it going to get as the U.S. (and likely the Congress) become more and more religiously diverse? What about a chaplain for Muslims, Jews, Wiccan or, God forbid, (or nobody forbid) atheists? The Pew Religious Landscape Study in 2014 reported that 22.8 percent of the U.S. population is religiously unaffiliated.
Morality doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with religion; as is well demonstrated by this current administration. Have you ever seen a more back stabbing, money grubbing, bigoted, dishonest, deviant bunch of “Christians” in your life? Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Governments and gods don’t go well together, as is evidenced by the fact that, generally, the most violent and unhappy countries in the world are those with religiously based governments and the more peaceful societies are more secular.
What happened to “the separation of church and state?” Can’t the grown-up men and women of the House get through their day without the interjection or interference of prayer or spiritual guidance? Most of us don’t have chaplains at work. We’ve got work to do. We can pray on our own time. It’s unlikely that anyone would miss the House chaplain if the position was eliminated, and it would end the partisan bickering about who should serve in that role.