This past week, House Speaker Paul Ryan fired the House Chaplain. I applaud him for that. But he did it for all the wrong reasons. He did it because he thought the chaplain had butted into the political discussion during the debate around the ‘tax reform bill’. Speaker Ryan’s action was petty and partisan and clueless. Maybe the GOP should actually force a vote for a new speaker instead of staying with the lame duck.
But I want him gone too! For Constitutional reasons. I think that it’s about time that the House got rid of the chaplain. Not this one in particular, but any and all governmental chaplains. Under the principle of freedom of religion and the separation of church and state, there shouldn’t even be a chaplain in the house or the senate or any government agency.
If the legislative branch feels the need to have a counselor on staff…no issue with that…but they shouldn’t have a chaplain.
If you want to catch up on the controversy around Speaker Ryan’s decision, check here: