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Christian fundamentalism in the military

Christian fundamentalism in the military

State of Belief explores the role of Christian fundamentalism in the US military:

A new report from the Center for Inquiry and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation makes the case that religious fundamentalism in the US military has gotten worse over the last decade. The author of the report, Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Parco joins Welton to look at the specifics of what is happening and why.

The Parco report is here.

ABSTRACT: Tension over what constitutes proper religious expression within the United States military has significantly intensified over the past decade. This paper examines and analyzes recent reports and several prominent cases, revealing how religiously motivated behavior has increased over the years and remains either tacitly or overtly endorsed by senior military leaders. In light of increasing religious fundamentalism within the ranks, coupled with a lack of social and political will to affect change, the cultural reticence to hold commanders accountable for inappropriate behavior remains an obstacle. The paper concludes with actionable recommendations.


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