Armed forces consider deploying "humanist chaplains"
The Scotsman reports "military sources" as being "sympathetic" to the idea of establishing an organisation to represent the interests of non-religious servicemen and women. Non-believers in the forces, including a senior Scottish officer, hope the move will pave the way for the establishment of Humanist chaplains, who would offer support and consolation to those with no spiritual beliefs. Currently the forces have 280 uniformed Christian chaplains as well as a number of civilian equivalents who cater for the needs of Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist recruits. An MoD spokesman said: "We do not discriminate on the basis of religion or belief. We respect people’s religions and beliefs, unless they conflict with the Armed Forces’ Core Values and Standards, and if there was a formal approach to establish a Humanist organisation we would look on such a request sympathetically."