The potential repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" also is causing some angst within the military's chaplain corps, which has grown more conservative and evangelical since the policy was established. In recent weeks, most military chaplains have sought formal guidance from their endorsing organizations regarding the new policy and homosexuality.
Although chaplains are part of the military, they also must answer to their individual denominations. Some conservative denominations that endorse chaplains have expressed worry that a formal recognition of the rights of gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military could lead to limits on what their chaplains can preach.
"Will someone be able to teach a Bible study in which they say homosexuality is immoral?" asked retired Brig. Gen. Douglas E. Lee, who left the military in late 2008. "I think there is a high probability that it could be challenged."
If that was to happen, some denominations could pull their chaplain endorsements, forcing religious leaders to choose between their military service and their faith, said Lee, who represents six conservative Presbyterian denominations that provide chaplain endorsements.
Wow. Seems that preaching hatred of gays is now a greater priority for battlefield chaplains than the administration of last rites.
This is my favorite line in the article, re Col. David Moran, who oversees chaplain training for the Army:
Moran, who is endorsed by the conservative Church of God, recently received guidance from his denomination declaring that homosexuality is a sin.
Really? The Pentecostals were on the fence?!