Jason Heap grew up in Texas among Baptists and Lutherans. He earned a master’s from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
Now, at age 38, Heap wants to be a U.S. Navy chaplain. But Heap is a humanist who doesn’t believe in God, and the U.S. military has never sanctioned a humanist chaplain. Nor has the Navy acted on Heap’s application, filed last month, to become its first approved humanist chaplain.
“Thousands of our men and women in the services have their own life stories and issues they wish to speak to a chaplain about, but are unable to … because they do not have access to a nontheist chaplain,” Heap wrote in an open letter to the American Humanist Assn.
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