No military commander should ever even ask anyone under their command about their religion; it is absolutely none of their business, nor is it relevant to their job or their competence in performing it. The only thing that can result from such intrusions is to damage relationships and cohesion and bring pressure to bear on a young recruit over an issue that the government should take no cognizance of at all.The only thing that can result? He's forgetting about the fact this prepares them to be used to stamp out religious dissent at home.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Training a theocratic military
Ed Brayton has more horifying bits from inside the Air Force. If this is totally new to you, you really need to read the book With God on Their Side, which tells the story of Michael L. Weinstein's fight against this stuff. If you aren't new to this, there still stuff that will catch you off guard, so read it. I do have a nit to pick with Ed's wrap-up, though: