Clergy: Honest to God--Or Faithful to the Pentagon?

In another, more innocent day, God and country seemed to be solid and comfortable partners. To most of the nation, the second World War was a just cause, and when a chaplain at Pearl Harbor urged a Navy gun crew to "praise the Lord and pass the ammunition," it seemed appropriate that the slogan be turned into a popular song. But Viet Nam is a different kind of war, and clerical critics—including a few ex-chaplains —are beginning to question whether a minister in uniform can really be honest to God while remaining faithful to the Pentagon. This month several...

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