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October 23, 2009

Religion and the Military (Back Off with the Prostelization….No Zealots Need Apply!)

I was just asked if the Air Force Academy was a religious school. What? I said. Well, no…a military school but not religious. Huh? A 2005 article already raised the issue of what was judged to be a problem. It was discounted. Four years later the issue is raised to me re an acquaintance at the Academy that flatly stated it is an issue. This acquaintance is a Christian. But, possibly the wrong type? Enough of this BS. I have had it with the religious zealots of the Right or whatever the cloth. I don’t give a hoot in hell it is professed your duty to recruit. Bullshit! Walk the written word and back off!

“The report came after allegations that officers at the academy promoted evangelical Christian beliefs and were insensitive to cadets who were of a different religion or chose not to practice a faith. The allegations spurred a heated debate about the separation of church and state at the federally funded military school and caused a backlash among the chaplain community there.” (Washington Post, 2005)

Also: “As if the Obama administration needed more problems with regard to Afghanistan, it can now add another to the growing list of concerns challenging American strategy in the ‘graveyard of empires’: Christian fundamentalists. This time, at least, the problem has nothing to do with “the enemy” – Taliban insurgents, covert Iranian influence or otherwise – as much as it has to do with the American forces itself. Indeed, the latest concern has everything to do with a seemingly opaque yet ubiquitous religious culture within US forces that has enabled a specific fundamentalist Christian movement to turn its sights on the Afghan public.”(MRFF)

I don’t know if MRFF is Pro Jew (I imagine, and don’t care) or if anti-Christian elements use the site as a vehicle to compromise religion in general. I know I am tired of the fanaticism of Evangelicals within the Conservative movement and the allegation that U.S. Military tolerates the concept that we are involved in a religious war is wrong. We, as a nation, went to war against a terrorist network and infrastructure that are religious fanatics. Why the hell counter with equal fanaticism. I have no problem with religion as a private matter or general displays. However, this exclusionary push within the military and its institutions is wrong. Separation of Church and State debates aside….this is obviously a danger to individual liberty. The thought of one whacked out religious zealot against another one is pathetic. Oh..not anti-religion. Just time and a place with zero arm twisting!!!!




  1. New goal of the American military: Winning hearts and minds for Jesus?

    Is conversion at the point of a gun (even if brought in defense) any different than conversion at the point of a sword?

    Comment by Patrick Oden — October 24, 2009 @ 3:43 AM | Reply

  2. Hello! I’m an Admissions Liaison Officer for USAFA. I was recently at the Air Force Academy and noticed that in their chapel, they have a separate place for Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists to worship. Pagans and other religions not covered above can contact the chaplain to make arrangements for worship. The Academy is a “religious” school in that they make every means available for cadets to be able to worship their religion of choice, or choose not to. USAFA has recently become more sensitive to the religious needs of its cadets, especially the international cadets; many of them are not Christians, and they are offered opportunities to worship according to their own beliefs. Diversity at USAFA is valued and sought after during the application/selection process as it makes our military stronger. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this. Thanks!

    Comment by Susan Meng — November 20, 2009 @ 4:03 PM | Reply

    • That diversity angle worked real well at Ft. Hood Susan.

      Comment by SwittersB — November 20, 2009 @ 7:31 PM | Reply

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