We’ve received a small but steady stream of letters objecting to the advertisements in our pages for military chaplaincy. Some have argued that military chaplaincy is objectionable on moral grounds and probably unconstitutional. Others have been distressed by the way the chaplain in the ads seems to be blessing military activity. Some accused us of caving in to the culture of war and concluded that we’d probably advertise anything so long as the customer paid the price.
The magazine’s editors are not of one mind on this issue, and such diversity is probably a pretty good thing in a journal like this one. As we discussed the issue, I recalled a phone conversation I had with a chaplain at West Point during the Vietnam war. He had inquired if I might be interested in applying for one of the assistant chaplain positions at the academy.