Fundamentalist Christians are fond of the slogan support the troops. Beyond sloganeering, however, the way these fundamentalists actually regard American soldiers could be summed up with another slogan: Convert the troops.
In a dangerous attack on the integrity of the American military, fundamentalist Christian groups have infiltrated the American military and taken over U.S. Army bases, converting those bases into centers for the forced conversion of soldiers to Christianity.
At Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S. Army Specialist Dustin Chalker charges that he has been forced by his superiors to attend Army Christian prayer sessions, even though he is himself not a Christian. Private First Class Jeremy Hall, at the same military base, charges that he has been targeted for harassment because he refuses to join in official Army Christian worship, and has been blocked for promotion for the same reason.
Chalker’s complaint reads, “The requirement for plaintiff Dustin Chalker to attend military functions and formations where sectarian Christian prayers are delivered is evidence of a pattern and practice of constitutionally impermissible promotions of religious beliefs within the Department of Defense and the United States Army.”
Pro-war Christian fundamentalists like to say that the military is defending our freedoms, but the truth seems to be that Christian fundamentalists have usurped power within the military to attack Americans’ freedoms.
Find out more at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.