Sunday, 22 May 2011
The French military has been reducing its number of Catholic military chaplains and recruiting Muslim chaplains instead.

At the end of 2010, there were 221 chaplains in the French military: 141.2 Catholics, 32.6 Protestant, 30 Muslim and 17.2 Jewish. (The decimal points indicate part-time service.)

The first Muslim chaplains were recruited in 2006. Within the next five years, the number of Muslims chaplains is expected to grow to between 36 and 38.

The French General Staff claims that the changes in the number of chaplains belonging to particular faiths reflect changes in the religious affiliation of recruits in the military as a whole.



johnpkb said...

It's all the 'little' things like this that just makes for such depressing reading.
WTF needs to happen to make people wake up?

johnpkb said...

By the way, here's a link from a local rag 'The Beds on Sunday' from the enriched town of Bedford.

It would be bloody farcical if it weren't so serious.

johnpkb said...

Oh and I forgot this one as well from the same edition.

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