Thursday, October 04, 2007

Evangelizing In The Military

Do we really want the U.S. military to be analagous to the armies raised in dark ages Europe that went on Crusades to reclaim the Holy Land from the Infidel Islasmists?

This story comes by way of the Christian Science Monitor.

At Speicher base in Iraq, US Army Spec. Jeremy Hall got permission from a chaplain in August to post fliers announcing a meeting for atheists and other nonbelievers. When the group gathered, Specialist Hall alleges, his Army major supervisor disrupted the meeting and threatened to retaliate against him, including blocking his reenlistment in the Army.

Block re-enlistment ? How stupid, how manichean, how binary ? Any term you want to use surely applies to an Army that has drastically reduced its standards in an attempt to meet recruiting goals and it wants to deny re-enlistment to what appears to be an otherwise qualified soldier.
On Sept. 17, the soldier and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed suit against Army Maj. Freddy Welborn and US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, charging violations of Hall's constitutional rights, including being forced to submit to a religious test to qualify as a soldier.

The MRFF plans more lawsuits in coming weeks, says Michael "Mikey" Weinstein, who founded the military watchdog group in 2005. The aim is "to show there is a pattern and practice of constitutionally impermissible promotions of religious beliefs within the Department of Defense."

Farther down this scary article I found this link Send bibles and pray.

Continuing on it the original Monitor story, we come to this paragraph
MRFF sees that as a harbinger of a volunteer military falling under the sway of increasing numbers of Christian soldiers. Others see a military leadership, with the exception of a few generals here or there, well aware of its constitutional responsibilities, but challenged by the demands of training on these issues in a military of millions. A group such as MRFF can provide a crucial service, they say, if it is willing to work with the military.

Instead of MRFF working with the military, the military needs to read and work within the U. S. Constitution.

Religion sould be like sex. Practiced privately between consenting adults.


pauzhaan said...

I've been following this story for some time. Where is Freddy Welborn now? Here's his myspace link: (if it's still there).

Chief said...

Wow ! !

Folks like Welborn are scary.