Episode 200 – Justin Murray the Humanist Chaplain
In this episode, we speak to Justin Murray, the Humanist Chaplain who has been rejected by the Defence Force because he is not from an approved religion.
2:25 Pre-poll Voting
5:16 Anzac Day Review
Can I present my nominee for ‘Most Religious Dawn Service?’
2 hymns, 1 prayer, and an epilogue that states that we are “repledged to dedicate our lives/ To serving God, our country and mankind.”
Oh, and the ANZAC oration naturally started with an acknowledgment of country, too. Just for fun.
Have a good day,
My 9:30 am service had
A prayer and a reading from the Bible
A hymn (Eternal father)
The Lord’s Prayer
A benediction (final blessing)
And actually, that made it a lot better than previous years.
No welcome to country
Many speakers emphasized that the service was not about glorifying war but the first of four resolutions ended with “… The resultant glory they gave to Australia and NZ at that time will never fade.
12:07 Justin Murray
The requirement for military chaplains to belong to a recognised religious denomination is discriminatory, according to a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission brought by a humanist chaplain.
The commission has accepted a complaint from Justin Murray, a volunteer chaplain at Canberra hospital, meaning it will now investigate and conciliate the case which could open the way for atheists and agnostics to hold posts as military chaplains.