CFI Issues Report on Fundamentalism in the Military

The Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy, headed by Michael De Dora and Ed Beck, has issued a new report called For God and Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the U.S. Military. The report is written by James Parco, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, who worked for the National Security Council under President Clinton.

In this position paper, James Parco provides compelling evidence there has been a disturbing expansion and entrenchment of Christian fundamentalism in the U.S. military, a cultural force which remains at times both tacitly and overtly endorsed by senior military leaders. Parco supports his claim by presenting a number of case studies demonstrating a clear pattern of unconstitutional religiously sectarian behavior. He then analyzes the merits of the competing philosophical perspectives on the proper role of religious expression by men and women in uniform.

Parco concludes the report with recommendations that those in power should implement immediately in order to fully protect the U.S. military’s necessarily secular foundation and the religious freedom of all who volunteer to serve.

This report fits well with the work of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which has worked for years to expose the abuses that go on within the military, driven by those who think their job is to turn soldiers into Christians.

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  • blf

    [T]heir job is to turn soldiers into Christians.

    And to shoot square bullets at non-xians in order to convince the [infidels] of the “benefits of Christian civilization.”

  • One point I like to make when this issue comes up: If these fundie officers won’t protect the freedom of their fellow soldiers, how can we expect them to fight for our nation’s freedom?

  • Taz

    Semi-related, does anyone know why Justin Griffith’s blog is not being updated?

  • baal

    The fundamentalism in the military isn’t an accident and isn’t a broad movement of various Evangelical sects. It’s much more narrow and in support of Dominionism. Dominionism take the idea of a Manchurian candidate and explodes it to the large scale. If they can set enough fundies in enough places (including the leaders and generals of the military and spy depts), they can ‘bloodlessly’ flip us into a defacto theocracy.

  • zbeeblebrox

    I spent 20 years in the military, and I’m here to tell you nothing is going to change.

  • skinnercitycyclist


    I only spent four years in the army (1980-84), but things were way different in my day. God-botherers were typically scorned if they waved it in your face, and no one I knew took religion seriously. I was in an MI unit, so, despite the jokes, we generally had a better educated and smarter class of soldier, that may explain it. But from my perspective things do change, albeit slowly, in the military.