A Biblical Threat to National Security
Sunday, 24 June 2012 11:59 By Kelley B. Vlahos, Anti-War.com | News Analysis

For years, the government has employed the risk of “national security” excuse to infringe on a wide range of freedoms — like the right to pass through an airport security checkpoint unmolested, or read library books without Big Brother peeking over your shoulder.

Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein is trying to prove that there is more than one way to put the country at risk, and he’s found it in a heretofore unlikely place: the Bible.

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One Comment to “This Bible is a threat to US national security”

  • During my time in the army, in the late `60s, the leadership did a lot of really stupid, venal things, but actively promoting evangelical Christianity wasn’t one of them. This sort of coercion just didn’t happen–especially in basic training.

    It’s interesting that the service that was most likely to bend or break the procurement rules–particularly in the `50s and `60s–the Air Force (being the new kids on the block after 1947 and the most determined to become the dominant nuclear force in the military), is now also the service in which evangelical Christianity is routinely used as part of officer indoctrination and in which there is the greatest resistance to obeying the regs on proselytizing.

    Perhaps more than any other branch of the military, the Air Force saw itself as a bulwark against “godless communism,” and the melding of religion and and national purpose was, perhaps, inevitable there most of all, although it is occurring elsewhere in the military, as well. It surprises me not at all that evangelical Christianity was an integral part of nuclear weapons training courses in the AF. It seems almost natural that people in love with their God’s great capacity for wrath would see themselves as instruments of that wrath when in control of such an arsenal. Thoroughly fucking goofy and insane way of thinking, but decipherable.

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