Religion and Warfare: Does God Choose Sides?

Paul Harvey

A brief follow up to Matt's post from a few days ago, which raised a vigorous discussion of conservative/fundamentalist religion, the chaplaincy, and the military.

"Religion and Warfare: Does God Choose Sides," from the radio program "To the Point," features a discussion between Jeff Sharlet, Mikey Weinstein, and several others on the role of religion in the military, evangelical proselytization, and the Ft. Hood shootings. Here's a description and rundown of the participants; you can listen to the segment of the show (about 30 minutes) by following the link above.

Religion and Warfare: Does God Choose Sides? (12:07PM)

A Senate committee is conducting a high profile investigation into the Fort Hood shootings, and the Pentagon is investigating the extent of Islamic radicalism in the military. Meantime, others warn about the growing presence of another kind of widespread religious fundamentalism that's not just condoned, but encouraged by some senior officers: evangelical Christians who proselytize soldiers, Marines and sailors--promoting the idea of "holy war." Critics concede that Evangelicals don't advocate killing, but contend that they undermine military morale and send the wrong message in Muslim countries. We talk about the separation of Church and State, freedom of speech and the impact of religious fundamentalism on national security.



ilona@israel said…
I think this is very important. May be god is only for one religion. If you are a muslim then Only Allah for you. If you are a Christan then God is only for the Christians. But I think Humanity is more important than any religion!
Anyway, Thanks for your nice blog job.
have a nice time