An Air Force Academy chaplain’s call for cadets to evangelize bunkmates during basic training was appropriate and consistent with federal workplace rules, the Air Force said Tuesday.
Maj. Warren “Chappy” Watties’ message has been described by Yale University Divinity School as part of “stridently evangelical themes” during basic training that encouraged divisions rather than unity and spiritual awareness.
The Air Force said Watties, the service’s chaplain of the year in 2004, acted properly because Air Force regulations allow chaplains to evangelize in the performance of their duties to those unaffiliated with another religion.
“Chaplain Watties’ messages and sermons were deemed to be appropriate encouragement to his congregation to share their religious convictions, when invited and in an appropriate manner, consistent with rules governing the federal workplace,” the Air Force said in a statement in response to The Gazette’s written questions. [Source]
Always good to know that spreading the Gospel is still not against government regulations.