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October 12, 2005

Home grown anti-Christian bigotry

From the Washington Post...

The Air Force, facing a lawsuit over alleged proselytizing, has withdrawn a document that permitted chaplains to evangelize military personnel who were not affiliated with any faith, Pentagon officials said yesterday.

The document was circulated at the Air Force Chaplain School until eight weeks ago. It was a "code of ethics" for chaplains that included the statement "I will not proselytize from other religious bodies, but I retain the right to evangelize those who are not affiliated."...

The Air Force distanced itself from the code of ethics after complaints by Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein, a 1977 Air Force Academy graduate who has accused the academy's current leaders of fostering pressure on cadets to convert to evangelical Christianity.

Last week, Weinstein filed suit in federal court in New Mexico, alleging "severe, systemic and pervasive" religious discrimination in the Air Force. Among other evidence, the suit cited a July 12 New York Times article that quoted Brig. Gen. Cecil R. Richardson, the Air Force's deputy chief of chaplains, as saying: "We will not proselytize, but we reserve the right to evangelize the unchurched."...

"They say the bad guys we're fighting, the jihadists, represent a theocratic, fascistic movement," Weinstein said. "If the United States Air Force, probably the most technologically lethal organization ever assembled by man, has a policy of evangelizing 'the unchurched,' you tell me how that makes us look."

Well, Mike, it looks like either you're a milquetoast whiner who has no business being in “the most technologically lethal organization ever assembled by man” or your abusing the system to attack people you disagree with. So far none of you anti-Christian bigots have shown any of this so-called “fostering pressure” that's not more than something anyone with a brain can simply say “yes” or “no” to. Do you have a brain, Mike? If so, then we'd have to conclude you're wasting the taxpayers' money in an effort to censor a group whose message you happen to not like.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 12, 2005 06:12 AM

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Great post.

Posted by: Cao at October 13, 2005 05:06 AM

So what happens when "the Unchurched" actually say NO in the military environment? Especially when they're statinoed, let's say, in Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama or similar Christian s***hole state?

Posted by: Sparky at October 13, 2005 11:08 AM

What happens when they say no? What happens when someone who doesn't drink gets pestered to go toss a few back with the guys? What happens when someone's fellow soldiers want to go see a girlie show and the Christian doesn't? They say no, and if the other persist, they say no again. They're soldiers (sailors, marines, etc.); they're supposed to be trained to face difficult situations and overcome. Why would being asked to go to church be something too difficult for them to handle? If they don't want to, they say no. It's not like anyone's actually shown any evidence of actual coercion in the military. The Atheists and Agnostics are whining (as usual) about having to look at a Christian poster, or being asked to go to church. If they're too much of a wimp to tolerate that, then they don't belong in the military.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at October 13, 2005 02:28 PM

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