Given the current power exercised by faith-driven individuals in government here and elsewhere, and the danger — clear, present and occurring as I write this — that they will try to influence world history in congruence with their particular mythologies, the issue of coercive initiatives in the military takes on perhaps greater importance than it has ever had before. This article is a look at the problem, and what can be done about it. Well worth a read for those who aren’t looking forward to a man made armageddon.
Over the past few years, there have been several controversies over religion’s role in the military. Most recently, students and staff at the U.S. Naval Academy and West Point have complained of pressure from their supervisors to engage in religious activities. Three years earlier, there were similar allegations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Other controversies have arisen over whether military chaplains may offer faith-specific prayers at official military events. With cadets, military officers and chaplains asserting competing constitutional rights, these disputes have raised multifaceted and complicated questions.
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