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Sunday Shutout for military base churches

10:10 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Parishioners trying to attend church services on some military bases were sent home Sunday, because the chaplains are on furlough too. 

"I'm preaching, and I'm really in to it, and I'm doing my 'rah rah rah', and I see all these kids standing up with their phones," said Pastor Ken Adkins.  

Adkins wasn't expecting to see his son at church Sunday.

The 18-year-old just finished basic training and moved to Fort Lee this weekend when he saw his son's face on a phone.

"He ended up having to watch our church service on Skype because he couldn't get to chapel," he said.

Like many bases across the country, his son's new church was closed because of the furlough.

Many Military Chaplains are not performing services until the shutdown is resolved.

"A lot of people were really disappointed. Because a lot of them are scared, they're subject to deployment. They're in advanced training, many of them don't know what's going on," he said.  

Adkins thinks the leaders in Washington should be willing to defend the right to worship for the people who defend our country.

"What do you tell young people when you see leaders who are acting a fool and acting crazy," he said.

While Adkins was glad to have his son Skype in on Sunday, he says all of our military members deserve the chance to worship on base and in person. 

"And I think this thing has really gone on too far when it affects a person's ability to serve the god of their choice," he said.

Active duty Chaplains who are deployed with troops are still performing their services.

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