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Questionable Quiz: Why The Military’s ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Test Flunks

Let’s say you’re applying for a job. You would expect to be rated on your skills, work experience and abilities, education level and even your attitude.

What about your “spiritual fitness”?

Unless you’re applying to be the minister of a local church, it shouldn’t matter, right? What you believe (or don’t believe) about God would seem to have little bearing on your ability to work at a widget factory, do office work or sell cars. Read more

Poor Sight: U.S. Military Should Ditch Firm That Added Bible Verses To Rifle Scopes

The situation regarding the role of religion in the U.S. military just got a whole lot stranger.

ABC News is reporting that a major manufacturer of rifle scopes has been engraving citations from the New Testament on the sights. The company, Trijicon, freely admits what it has done and defends its action. Read more

Military Disservice: Fundamentalists On The March In America's Armed Forces

Aggressive fundamentalist Christian organizations are continuing their efforts to expand their presence in the U.S. military.

Last month, researcher Jeff Sharlet penned a disturbing article for Harper's magazine about efforts to "Christianize" the military. Newsweek ran a similar story online on June 20. The articles attracted a lot of attention and put the issue in the spotlight once again. Read more

Hunting Souls In Afghanistan: Video Exposes Military Proselytizing Plan

A video that shows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan plotting to distribute Bibles and preach Christianity to the largely Muslim population there is creating quite a stir.

The footage was shot a year ago by Brian Hughes, a documentary film maker and was recently featured on the English version of Al Jazeera. It shows a band of soldiers stationed at Bagram openly discussing ways to get around military regulations that ban proselytizing by soldiers in Afghanistan. Read more

Military Mistake Mitigated: Recruit Processing Centers Told To Discontinue Gideon Evangelism

Before American service personnel head off for training, they must make a final stop a Military Entrance Processing Station to have a final physical exam, take the oath of office for joining the armed forces and  get their own copy of the Bible.

That's right. Some of these stations have allowed Gideons International, the group well-known for providing Bibles in hotel rooms around the world, special access to  our troops. Read more