This is just stupid. These are excerpts of a letter sent to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. (link at bottom for the whole letter)
What are your thoughts on this?
Excerpts from the letter sent by a soldier (emphasis his, not mine):
I am a Christian and therefore neither an agnostic nor an atheist though many of my fellow soldiers are such. Now to the point. I, and everyone else who is enlisted in my company, was ORDERED by my Battalion Commander to take the GAT’s Spiritual Fitness Test not very long ago. Let me make this CLEAR, we were all ORDERD to take it.
There was NO “anonymity” at all. None of us were ever told that we did NOT have to take this Spiritual Fitness Test nor that we did NOT have to tell our First Sgt. what our results were. A bunch of us “failed” the SFT and when we told that to our First Sgt., per his disclosure order, he further ordered us to make immediate appointments with the chaplains so that we would not “kill ourselves on his watch”. None of us wanted to do it but we were scared.
Christians are forcing their religion? Wow I'm shocked!
Answer by beeky at 12:28 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
Answer by witchqueen at 5:41 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
I feel like there is something missing from this story. However I'm christian but I don't practice this at all. If I was sent to the Chaplin I'd go because I was ordered to, I'd tell the Chaplin I wasn't interested and it would be up to the military as to what to do next.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 12:59 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
Answer by sarchasmicangel at 5:36 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
That's just crazy! In reading the link, I wonder what the real cause for the war was. We all know now that the "weapons of mass destruction" excuse was all a lie, as was blaming Iraq for the terrorist attack on 9/11. Since then, our government, under Bush, has come up with all sorts of excuses for the necessity of the war. The one that Bush hinted at (and in one of his few moments of mental clarity, wisely stopped at the hint--calling it a "crusade") was that it was religious in nature.
If what this soldier is saying is true, then they are being forced into Christianity, or at least the attempt is being made, and the soldiers are being told that this war is a religious war--that their mission is to kill Muslims. How sick.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:09 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
Answer by Kaelansmom at 2:30 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
Answer by Kaelansmom at 3:31 PM on Jan. 19, 2011
Answer by ladymomtraveler at 5:04 PM on Jan. 26, 2011