The Navy is facing pressure to approve Jason Heap as a chaplain. That's normally not a big deal, until you consider he's an atheist. There has never been an atheist chaplain in the military before. Jason Torpy of the Military Association of Atheist and Freethinkers told KTRH Heap meets all the requirements.
“He has an endorsement. He’s got everything he needs,” Torpy said.
Torpy says the Navy should not deny this application.
“It’s hard for the Navy to say no to a good candidate that desires to serve and is qualified to serve. Unless they make new rules to exclude people with certain kind of beliefs he should be accepted,” Torpy explained.
This effort is making many, like retired Army Lt. Colonel Gordon Fowkes, shake their heads.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea. It’s a joke. But it’s a joke you have to take seriously,” Fowkes told KTRH.
So what would Fowkes do if he were in a position to approve or deny this application?
“Eventually this will go away. It is of a nature that will draw attention from a lot of political groups and blowhards that like to get into this,” Fowkes explained.
Heap is not the only candidate in the military. There are three more, and two of them apparently have endorsements from Christian groups.