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Senator Wicker: Navy denies atheist chaplain application

photo courtesy Office of Roger Wicker, screenshot taken from video of Wicker on Senate floor, 7/28/2017

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said he has received confirmation from the Navy that an application submitted by a “secular humanist” to serve in the Chaplain Corps has been denied.

Wicker was joined by 22 Senators last week in sending a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Admiral John Richardson opposing the application.

RELATED: Wicker leads opposition to appoint atheist Navy chaplain

“The Navy’s leadership has done the right thing,” Wicker said. “The appointment of an atheist to an undeniably religious position is fundamentally incompatible with atheism’s secularism. This decision preserves the distinct religious role that our chaplains carry out.”

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