Soldiers for the Right Christ

godsarmy.jpgChristian fundamentalists have a strong presence in our military and due to the very structured system of rank, anyone who believes otherwise is open to ridicule, humiliation and even abuse. (entire article)

Since his last combat deployment in Iraq, Jeremy Hall has had a rough time, getting shoved and threatened by his fellow soldiers. The trouble started there when he would not pray in the mess hall. “A senior ranking staff sergeant told me to leave and sit somewhere else because I refused to pray,” said Hall.

Hall was reprimanded by a major who called him a troublemaker, and threatened to block his reenlistment attempts. The major accused Hall of holding a meeting of “athiests and freethinkers”. Wow! That freethinking will get you every time!

A former air force lawyer has formed a group to protect the rights of these “freethinking soldiers”. He has received over 6,800 testimonials from military personnel, many of them Christians, who have been harassed and even punished in attempts to force them to accept a strict fundamentalist evangelical view of Christianity.

On the other side of the battle is the 15,000 member strong Officer’s Christian Fellowship (OCF). Their stated mission is

“to achieve a spiritually transformed military with embassadors for Christ in uniform, empowered by the Holy Spirit”. It professes belief in the “eternal blessedness of the saved and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost”.

Just what we need. An army of fanatics committed to the conscious punishment of the lost. Are we sure this is still America? ocf.jpg

So, in other words, these fundamentalists, led by an organized group of officers, is violating one of the most basic rights of the very Constitution they are sworn to uphold. And they’re so righteous that you don’t have to be a Muslim or a Jew to incur their wrath. They even hate the non-fundy Christians.

No surprise to me at all. The American military is home to many of the most narrow minded, ignorant and racist losers that our country produces. And that includes both the enlisted and officer ranks.

I’m sure that many veterans would agree that a primary reason they did not and would not even consider a career in the military is because it would mean having obey these uneducated, simple minded bigots for the long term.  

While some make the military their career to escape poverty or for educational opportunity, many simply don’t have what it takes to succeed in the real world. For them, the military is a second mother. It feeds them, houses them, takes care of them when they are sick, clothes them and tells them exactly what to do and when to do it. And unless you really, really screw up, you’ll never get fired. They are utterly and completely dependent.

These new fundamentalist Christians fit right into that. And while the Pentagon is spewing its expected rhetoric about “religious rights” and “respecting tenants of faith”, they are circling the wagon’s to protect these jerks.

I don’t care what any individual chooses to believe as long as they keep it to them selves and don’t try pawn it off on me. But if I’m in a combat situation, depending on the guy next to me to have my back, I don’t want someone with a religious agenda. I want someone who can and will pull the trigger.

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6 Comments on “Soldiers for the Right Christ”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    I’ve been following this story for several months now. At first I found it very hard to believe. It surely wasn’t like that when I was in. There were christian groups but they didn’t trespass on anyone.

    As badly as I hate the idea of conscription I’m thinkin’ the armed forces would be more balanced if there was a strong a cadre of draftees. Provides balances – and checks.

  2. expatbrian Says:

    I just said the same thing in a comment to Fogg at Impolitic. I never thought I could support a draft after what happened in “our” war but I’ve changed my mind. I think a two year National Service commitment for young people who have finished high school is a good thing.

    They could be required to serve in the military, civil defense, fire, or other domestic assistance programs like Vista. As much as that might help the nation, it is even more valuable to the individual participants. These kids need to get out from in front of their computers, and into the great outdoors where they might learn a little about real life.

  3. eeyore Says:

    don’t U worry yer pritty little head EXpat. I’ll pull that trigger…

  4. Buffalo Says:

    There is that, Brian. I’ve long believed in service to one’s country. My reason for conscription goes further.

    In the Nam the draftees and one hitchers sort of off-set the bullshit of the hard core lifers. Not talking disrespect to lifers. My bro started out on Midway and ended up in the Nam. I would have stayed in if I hadn’t hated taking orders so damned much. This rightwing, evangelical christian movement in the military is not a good thing for folk what like freedom and doing things the way they want to do them.

  5. expatbrian Says:

    There is another set of soldiers between draftees and lifers. These are the ones, like me, who enlisted thinking that it was a noble cause and soon found out it was just a bunch of bullshit. I think Iraq is full of this type of soldier right now. As was the case in Vietnam, no one knows the real war better than the average soldier who lives it everyday. It amazes me that people don’t put more stock in what they have to say. Instead, they go on believing the political rhetoric even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is nothing but self serving lies.

    There are a lot of us. We know the truth. People should be listening.

  6. eeyore Says:

    “people” don’t want to know the truth…..
    they’d rather have it read to them on the nightly news with dan rather

    “always telling people things they’re too lazy to know”-the Belfast Cowboy

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