Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) said he objected to the push for atheist chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“This is pushing an agenda that is really trying, although not overtly, but I think subversively, is trying to undermine the chaplains role in the military,” he explained.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) offered amendments to an annual defense spending bill that would have allowed humanists and other nonbelievers to join the Chaplain Corps. The two Democrats argued it was wrong that atheists were forced to seek advice from psychiatrists or psychologists, while believers could seek out a chaplain who represented their faith.