I’m doing this because of McCoy’s public statements regarding nonbelievers in the military. He has repeatedly stated that a unit’s misfortunes, problems, and setbacks are directly caused by its non believing members. This incites hostility and is incompatible with a military composed of members of varying faiths and of no faith. There can be no unit cohesion if the unit is divided in such a manner. If non-believing members are blamed every time problems occur, how can this not divide a unit and cause tensions between members? If a chaplain is unable to counsel the military members in his unit, platoon, or squadron; then perhaps he should not be a military chaplain. Perhaps he should simply be a church pastor so that he will only encounter those whose beliefs he already agrees with.
This sorry episode has also illustrated that the scapegoating endemic to charismatic Christianity is crossing over to more moderate denominations. Quite a few denominations of charismatic Christianity scapegoat non members and those of differing beliefs as being “demon possessed”. Now Chaplain McCoy’s scapegoating is not quite as colorful as a Pentecostal Christian’s scapegoating, but it is just as irrational.