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Why Is a Man Who Wrote a Book on the “Evils” of Islam Still a Naval Chaplain?

By BY VAL WILDE, For friendlyatheist.patheos.com, On 24 August 2020, Read Original
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18 years ago, in the emotionally fraught months following 9/11, Oklahoma pastor Brian Waite wrote a book in which he expounded on his theory that the terrorist attacks took place specifically because Islam — the entire religion, in all its forms — is inherently “evil.”

 

Before he took a pastoral position with an Oklahoma City church, Waite served as a military chaplain in the early 1990s. He returned to active chaplaincy mere months after the publication of Islam Uncovered — and after admitting to academic dishonesty in writing and marketing it.

Now, in 2020, concerned advocates are still trying to get him removed from the chaplaincy.

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That’s what the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is saying, having recently come across Waite’s less-than-stellar history on the subject. They acknowledge that the book was written quite a while ago, but the passage of time doesn’t guarantee that Waite’s views have evolved. National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell says the matter merits a closer look, at minimum:

 

We urge Navy officials to investigate this matter. If Chaplain Waite has truly changed and hasn’t expressed such bigotry in recent years, that would be wonderful. But if the Navy finds that Chaplain Waite has continued to promote hateful views, he should be removed from his position. Anyone is free to espouse inaccurate and bigoted opinions, but no one who does so should hold positions of authority over our nation’s military personnel.

CAIR-Florida’s communications director Wilfredo Ruiz points out that the military chaplain’s role revolves around supporting the spiritual needs of all service members, regardless of their particular beliefs:

Chaplain Brian Waite’s expressions on Islam and Muslims are incompatible with his oath and our Navy’s mission and guiding principles. Navy chaplains are expected to respect the right of others to hold spiritual beliefs and practices different from our own, and are bound to facilitate for all religious beliefs.

 

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