I’ve noticed a lot of search engine traffic coming in to the post on the prayer request by Chaplain Lyle Shackelford in Iraq for the upcoming elections. I updated that post, since that’s where the traffic is going, but I’ll point it out here for regular readers, as well:
First off, as you can see in the comments section a note was left indicating that the person this email was originally sent to is personally known to her.
Second of all, Lyle Shackelford does appear to be a genuine military chaplain.
Third, it’s too bad that we can’t just take this sort of thing at face value. But I believe this one to be the real McCoy.
Also, over a month ago I was forwarded a link by a reader about the slippery slope we may find ourselves on with respect to military chaplains given recent court rulings in non-military lawsuits: Military Chaplains, Watch Your Six — YOU May Be Next!
I meant to comment on it at the time, didn’t, and then forgot about it until this. I suggest checking it out if you’re interested in military chaplains and/or the interaction of government and religion.