Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Militant Religious Extremists Continue to Control Military

No, I'm not referring to the middle east. I'm not referring to the Taliban or Iraqi insurgents. I'm referring to the United States military. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-military. However, I am against any sort of military force, forcing religious views upon people -- regardless of whether they are in the middle east, or our own country.

A watchdog group that promotes religious freedom in the U.S. military accused senior officers on Monday using their rank and influence to coerce soldiers and airmen into adopting evangelical Christianity.

Such proselytizing, according to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has created a core of "radical" Christians within the U.S. armed forces and
Pentagon who punish those who do not accept evangelical beliefs by stalling their careers.

Weinstein compared what he said was radical proselytizing within the military with the Islamist militants U.S. troops are confronting in wars overseas.

"When we're facing a global war on terror against what we call Islamic extremists, it certainly doesn't help when we have apparently a viewpoint from the cognoscenti and glitterati, the leadership of the Pentagon, pushing a particular virulent worldview down the throats of people who are helpless to argue against it," Weinstein said.


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