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Radical Religion On The Rise In The Military


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: VIDEO, military, fundamentalist religion, army, atheism, constitution, separation of church and state )

Lynn
- 613 days ago - live.huffingtonpost.com
A report by a national security expert reveals military leaders are overtly promoting evangelical Christianity. Is fundamentalist religion in the military on the rise?



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Lynn Squance (232)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:07 am
I remember back in the mid to late 1980s, I had a conversation with the music director at my church. I was preaching that coming Sunday and had chosen the hymn `"Onward Christian Soldiers", one I had liked since childhood. He refused to play it and offered some alternatives. The music director had been born and raised in the US and explained why he felt the way he did. I respected him then and as the years have gone by, I understand him very clearly and agree.

That is why when I saw this piece in The Huffington Post, I was interested to share it. I am a liberal Christian but I do not view indoctrination of others as something that is at the heart of Christianity. A persons faith journey is their own, no matter what faith they belong to --- Christian, Jewish, Islam, Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, whatever.

Here is a further article from Salon.com http://www.salon.com/2012/12/10/at_west_point_you_need_to_believe_in_god/
that continues the discussion.
 

Pat A. (116)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 7:47 am
I like Josh Zepps - he is an intelligent interviewer - and this does seem very worrying. Lynn - I completely agree with your views on religion above.
 

Jae A. (322)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 11:19 am
Ditto to Lynn comment also.

Works for the Muslims so ................

If one isn't willing to die for corporate profits then the next best thing is to do so out of blind faith for ones religion I suppose.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 12:38 pm
The 1st amendment guarantees the freedom of and from religion. For young soldiers, and especially up and coming officers who will be put in command of young men, to swear to uphold the constitution and then to go against that very oath, that document which is held so dear by Americans, to insist that all soldiers believe the "evangelical Christian party line" is clearly illegal and an infringement on their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Shame on all those that force this illegal practice. And I have a question for those who perpetrate this BS --- the Bible, in Exodus contains the 10 Commandments, one of which is "Thou shall not kill." How does the military reconcile itself with this religious commandment?

A military at odds with the US constitution AND the Bible, both which they profess to uphold. Houston, I think we have a problem here!

Thanks everybody.
 

Jae A. (322)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:37 pm
You said it perfectly Lynn !
 

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Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:17 pm
Hillarious. "Thou shall not kill" is being preached to the military?
 

John B. (158)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:44 pm
Thanks Lynn for posting both interesting links. Both read and posting noted
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:15 pm

I belong to an online group that has been fighting this for years. It's not suggested it's an order.
 

James Maynard (67)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 10:41 pm
Sadly, this has been going on for quite some
time.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 2:29 pm
It's not surprising with the growing acceptance of gays in the military, that the extreme left would try to create an influence in the military. Shame on Obama for letting this happen.
 

. (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 10:50 am
Well said, Lynn and thanks for the article
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:20 am
Allan, this is NOT the extreme left creating this religious issue. It is the fundamentalist evangelical pseudo Christians, the FAR RIGHT, that is insisting on these religious beliefs. The same fanatical evangelicals who push the Republican/Teabagger war on women (re no abortions and contraception), deny climate change and science --- know the kind? It is even mentioned in the Salon.com article I listed in my comment.

"His story shines a spotlight into a military culture that, despite repeated exposes and lawsuits, continues to suffer from the Evangelical zeal that ran amok under devout officers like General David Petraeus and fundamentalist chaplains like Gordon Klingenschmitt (who attempted exorcism on a lesbian service member who requested his help after being raped)."

Allan, this is very much a constitutional issue about 1st amendment rights, and a moral issue.
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