Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Andrei Don't ask, don't tell - mark II

This isn't a post about Homosexuals in the military, well it is but only in just in passing.

What has engendered this post is a story that came out last Sunday in GQ claiming the Donald Rumsfeld adorned the covers of intelligence briefings delivered to George W Bush with relevant Biblical quotations.

Unsurprisingly this has got the usual suspects excited.

Now there is a every chance that these covers are bogus, such things are happen from time to time. But this post isn't about that either.

Rather it is this passage from the NYT in their retailing of this story that got me thinking
Still, the publication of the cover sheets may raise more questions about the proper role of religion in the military, and whether a Christian-influenced culture, rather than a neutral one, permeated some corners of the military.

The issue flared at the Air Force Academy four years ago, when the football coach posted a locker room banner for “Team Jesus,” and there have been lawsuits against the Pentagon concerning military retreats at off-base churches, or the displays of crucifixes at military chapels in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And this leads to the distinct possibility that one of Obama's legacies will be the repeal of "Don't ask don't tell" with regard to "sexuality", as he has promised, but its further imposition upon those of faith who wish to serve their country.

So in the brave new world we are entering a gay soldier will be able to regale all and sundry with the lurid details of his sexuality but a Christian one had better keep his love of Jesus to himself.

6 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

In recent years there was a great resurgence of Christian faith in the US military. God changed a lot of hearts and blessed many tough-guys in very tough situation. This upset a few niggardly atheists.

Political leaders are happy to use idealistic young Christians as cannon fodder, not so happy when the faith that succours them becomes a significant force with its own value structure and truth claims.

Anonymous said...

Andrei, you called it right.. Military no place for Christianity, lawsuit claims

KG said...

It seems that the only thing that's truly beyond the pale for leftists is religion.
Anything else, from bestiality to paedophilia is merely an alternative lifestyle choice. No wonder they're terrified of Christians.

Anonymous said...

Any idea of why someone was wound up over crucifixes in military chapels? Seems an appropriate place for them...

Seán said...

"The issue flared at the Air Force Academy four years ago, when the football coach posted a locker room banner for “Team Jesus,” and there have been lawsuits against the Pentagon concerning military retreats at off-base churches, or the displays of crucifixes at military chapels in Iraq and Afghanistan."The US military's Muslim enemies must be just laughing their pants off. Just how ridiculous does the US look?

Seán said...

squaredrive asked: "Any idea of why someone was wound up over crucifixes in military chapels? Seems an appropriate place for them...".
It refers to chapels in Iraq and Afghanistan, so I wonder if the chaples are multi-religious, sort of like the ones at hospitals and airports...? I don't know if those from a non-Christian faith complained. There tend to be a few usual suspects in the US.

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