Pentagon Sued Over Mandatory Christianity
Posted: 19 September 2007 12:19 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/09/19/3954/

A military watchdog organization filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and a US Army major, on behalf of an Army soldier stationed in Iraq. The suit charges the Pentagon with widespread constitutional violations by allegedly trying to force the soldier to embrace evangelical Christianity and then retaliating against him when he refused.

The complaint, filed in US District Court in Kansas City, by the nonprofit Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), on behalf of Jeremy Hall, an Army specialist currently on active duty in Speicher, Iraq, alleges that Hall’s First Amendment rights were violated beginning last Thanksgiving when, because of his atheist beliefs, he declined to participate in a Christian prayer ceremony commemorating the holiday.

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Posted: 20 September 2007 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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excaim Are the Christians getting so hard up that now they have to go out and force people to convert? Is the US Army going to become “Onward Christian Soldiers Marching into War?”

Well what can one expect when the war in Iraq is over religion.

Since where is the rule you have to be a Christian in order to be a soldier? Of course with His Assholiness the Super pooper stooper Bush as a direct representative of Gawd Almighty the rules may have changed.

I suppose the army is just looking out for the best interest of its soldiers to make sure if they die in battle they will go straight to heaven where they can hob knob with the enemy because as everyone knows all good Muslim go to heaven too. rolleyes

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Posted: 21 September 2007 10:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I wouldnt say its “over religion” but religion is definitely a factor on both sides. bush’s comments on claiming god telling him to attack, the comments of Jerry Boynkin and some of the policies of the Pentagon has just been too much not to see that evangelical christianity is playing a role. same for the other side, they are not resistint and fighting amongst themselves over religion but their religious schisms and views certainly play a functional role in how they act.

as for what its about, that should be obvious: control of regional oil so the power that comes from that can be used as de facto control over foreign markets (primarily asian and european markets).

I will grab it from home at lunch but I got a RAND document about US nuke policies in the post cold-war. It says the US should maintain its strong nuke advantage as a means of preserving our hegemonic control over the world. as for the Persian Gulf, it blatantly says we should keep nukes in the region to aid with controlling the oil for the very reasons I cited above. RAND (research and development) is a private company that is frequently hired by the Pentagon to write up studies for them when determining official policy. The said document was requested by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the mid-1990s. What followed after this document was the Joint 2010 vision, where the Clinton regime called for “full spectrum dominance.” Anyway, it’s pretty clear - and not just from the views of Alan Greenspan - that control of regional oil is the primary purpose of the the war that was originally named Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL)

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Posted: 21 September 2007 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I think they are, HG.  They are feeling the heat, so they retaliate just as they have since time in memorial.  After all, religion is part of what this war is all about. Not all of it, but part of it.  The rest is resources and alike.

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