Military: Criticism Of Christianity In The Military

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Criticism of Christianity in the Military Christianity has had an influence on civilizations for many centuries. At the same time Christianity has had a long history of criticism due to many believing it to be irrational as well as lacking utility in human society. Christianity has had an impact on pop culture today, especially in the military. Men and women in uniform are constantly in the spotlight for trying to exercise their First Amendment. They are used as scapegoats to demonstrate the negativity of Christianity which limits there expression and practice of faith. Due to Christianity being the majority religion in America, it is constantly being accused of proselytized in the military. Anti-Christian is a battle within the military today…show more content…
From the movies, to the media coverage on the news, some if not all feel the urge to serve. The men and women of the armed forces are constantly under the microscope. People look up to them as citizens to model which is why they are constantly reminded to be aware what they do, say or how they act because the consequences will not only affect them but the military and the US as a whole. Due to the ongoing yearly debates in Congress about civil liberty and religious freedom among the ranks, it is fair to say the military in general have limited expression and practice of faith options. Following the repeal on the military’s ban of homosexuality and the repeal of the Defense Marriage act, chaplains must reevaluate the priorities inherent to their distinctive line of work. Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Irvin stated, "Doing so may place those individuals in an ethical dilemma in which they have to choose between their religious beliefs or honoring a soldier's request. While respecting the innate rights of a soldier is paramount to the Army profession, chaplains must have exception to uphold the tenets of their faith and preserve the integrity of the Chaplain Corps” (3). Mikey Weinstein is head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF’s). His advocacy group is one of the many known for going after allegedly coercive Christian Fundamentalist practices by service members. One particular case took place at the Air Force Academy. A cadet had a biblical verse written on the white board hanging on the front door to his room as inspiration. Everyone in the hallway could see the verse and apparently someone felt offended. Mikey Weinstein goes after the academy stating “It clearly elevated one religious faith (fundamentalist Christianity) over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution. Mr. Weinstein argues that Christianity is negatively influence the

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