Where are the chaplains?
Regarding “Serving his country and testing his faith” (article, March 25) I wondered, where are this soldier’s chaplains as the ones who are commissioned to protect the constitutional right of every American to the free exercise of religion?
I do not mean to presume that the chaplains did nothing. That is probably not the case. But the article was deficient. Reading about Spc. Zachari Klawonn, I was left with three observations: 1) the chaplain corps did not step forward to safeguard his religious observance and speak out against religious prejudice, and/or 2) chaplains did not actively advise leadership regarding the free exercise of religion and their obligation to protect religious and civil liberties, or 3) the reporter didn’t dig deep enough to cover what chaplains have done to help Klawonn.
I certainly hope that this model soldier has received support, encouragement and aggressive assistance from his chaplains, who should be advocating for him.
Chaplain (Maj.) Christopher OttenManas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan