During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.
This is from an op-ed. Not an actual news story, and yet many are stating an opinion piece as fact.
What the op-ed fails to tell you is how these contracted chaplains are different than those already in service — as in what laws they fall under. Under an 1870 federal law, if you can be arrested for indebting the U.S. Government if you are not authorized to do so. Without a budget, there is not monetary authorization.
Note, these chaplains are contracted out — paid money for services rendered. If money is not authorized, then contracts are null.
However, they can volunteer. Imagine that — religious leaders doing things for free…
Not, Imans and Rabbis who are under contract, clericals, website designers and ANYONE who does work under the shutdown the Government has to pay for that is not deemed essential could be arrested.