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Re: “'I'm done with him'

@Ender, let's get to brass tacks and spare us the PR spin and ad hominem. If Airman and Cadets want to hawk their supremacist religions like a used car at the lemon lot, they have every right in this country to sell it. The distinction though with respect to the Air Force Academy and military at large is soliciting while on duty or soliciting one's subordinates (or junior ranking) at any time, on-duty or not.

The USAFA and the military must prohibit such obviously coercive behavior by those who believe they're government paid proselytizers for their religion, to include military chaplains that proselytize and cadets that belong to divisive religious organizations such as Cadets for Christ.

Don't get me wrong - if the Chaplain's or cadet religious organizations want to proselytize, they can do so in the appropriate venues. For example, when they are at Chapel or off base house of worship with attendees who come under completely voluntary circumstances. Voluntary means not being 'invited' by one's superiors, not getting institutional incentives for going, or other tactics that the military religious use to rope people in. Went I went through AF Basic Training many years ago, we were given the option of going to the Protestant Chapel service on Sunday or doing work details. That's not really voluntary, is it Ender?

Posted by markbyrn on 08/19/2011 at 11:32 AM

Re: “'I'm done with him'

It is high time for the USAF to put a halt to hyper religious military members abusing their rank and uniform to proselytize lower ranking members of the military. Junior members of the military, esp captive cadets at the USAFA have no choice but to dutifully listen to senior cadets, NCOs or Commissioned Officers who hawk their religion while condemning other religions, including major denominations of Christianity.

As anybody who has been in the military, when are you're a new recruit cadet, you are under the heavy stress of adjusting to the rigors of 24/7 military life. Fundamentalist religious organizations devoted to proselytising the military are fully aware of that, and they are given carte blanche by senior military leadership to exploit that stress and convert these captive recruit and cadets.

Of course, the type of religion that the military endorses and curry favor is the one that the USAF taught to nuclear missile officers for the last 20 years - a putrid dominionist version of Jesus that will smile as you launch the nuclear Armageddon and kill in the name of God.

It is a vile symbiotic relationship between the military and one particular branch of Christianity that has nothing but contempt for the religious pluralism that the military and the United States of America are suppose to be facilitating.

Posted by markbyrn on 08/18/2011 at 4:57 PM

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