General David Petraeus Endorses Pro-Christian Book

Looks like General David Petraeus has stepped outside his bounds and endorsed a pro-Christian book: Under Orders: A Spiritual Handbook for Military Personnel by Army chaplain Lt. Col. William McCoy.

According to Chris Rodda, the Senior Research Director for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF):

While Chaplain McCoy is certainly free to have his theological opinions and to share these opinions with those who choose to read about them, Petraeus’s endorsement — “Under Orders should be in every rucksack for those moments when Soldiers need spiritual energy” — prominently displayed at the top of the back cover this book, a book marketed to our military in the PXs, BXs, military clothing stores, and other outlets in the Army and Air Force Exchange System (AAFES), is indefensible.

The book never directly attacks atheists, but I did find this excerpt from it:

Christianity does something about sin’s power but doesn’t take it away completely. Other religions may have you strive or deny yourself in order to achieve another level of realization. Yet Christianity has this purging quality to it that strikes deep into the power of sin and renders it ineffective. Ineffective in a couple of ways.

Sin becomes ineffective to be your only moral choice. As a human being you have a choice to be part of the social answer rather than the social problem. When I don’t recognize that I’m running only on sin’s capabilities, I never have access to options for myself. Only my good natured-ness can help me contribute to the betterment of my unit or team. When I realize that sin is an agent, I can more quickly identify my own tendency to corrupt a group a bring havoc to what needs cohesion and team confidence. My sin can also make my agenda more important than my unit’s agenda and thus lead to unit failure.

So if you’re an atheist and, thus, don’t recognize sin, you may be contributing to “unit failure.”

Take note of that and then watch this excerpt from last night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where he mentions the story:

MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein adds:

“Look, there is simply no other way to say it but to speak the absolute brutal truth here. General Petraeus has shockingly abrogated and noxiously defiled the sacred oath he took to protect and preserve, support and defend, NOT a parochial biblical worldview of the New Testament’s Gospel of Jesus Christ, but the United States Constitution; which includes a specific beacon provision which boldly proclaims absolutely ‘no religious test’ in Clause 3, Article 6. By so very prominently and universally endorsing Chaplain McCoy’s book, with its unadulterated promotion of Christian religious supremacy and concomitant excoriating and denigrating of the veracity, integrity, and character of the hundreds of thousands of United States military personnel who freely elect to follow no religious path, Petraeus unlawfully fashions his own de facto ‘religion test’ in direct contravention of America’s most cherished and beloved governing document. His command leadership role thus has become terminally freighted and compromised with this disgusting, vile, unconstitutional Christian religious tyranny and exceptionalism at precisely the same time we are at war with Islamic fundamentalists framing America’s Iraq and Afghanistan combat efforts as a ‘modern day Crusade.’ The monumentally detrimental national security risks attendant to Petraeus’s actions of Constitutional defiance justify the swift forfeiture of his titular position of military command and, further, cry out for his immediate punishment by General Courts Martial under Article 134.”

Incidentally, as Olbermann noted, when Petraeus gave the book cover’s blurb to McCoy, he apparently never intended for it to be published… he simply intended it to be for McCoy personally.

Right…

Military leaders have no business endorsing or denigrating anyone’s faith or lack thereof. They’re welcome to their own beliefs but they should not make it a public affair.

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  • Richard Wade

    If that excerpt is an example of the writing, don’t expect soldiers to be pouring over the book even if they buy it to impress their C.O.’s. Man, is that badly written.

    I just heard that Petraeus is leaving the Iraq command, so wishing that he lose his command is moot. As for the court martial, holding one’s breath until that happens is not recommended.

  • Samuel Skinner

    This is what immediately comes to mind
    in cases of this nature:
    http://www.blacklibrary.com/product.asp?prod=60040181019&type=Book

    Anyway, the man is violating his oath. I’m not sure what the cost is for such an infraction or even if it will be enforced. Oh well…

    Also, am I the noly on that finds it funny that it makes the claim to be more effective in fighting sin? Isn’t killing people a mortal sin?

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    Christianity does something about sin’s power but doesn’t take it away completely. Other religions may have you strive or deny yourself in order to achieve another level of realization. Yet Christianity has this purging quality to it that strikes deep into the power of sin and renders it ineffective.

    What strikes me about this isn’t so much that it’s anti- atheist. It’s that it’s anti- any religion other than Christianity. It’s like, sure, those other religions have something going for them — but Christianity is so much better! If you want to root out that sin, soldiers, Christianity is the religion you really want to go with!

    What’s the term for that? “Establishment of religion”? Something like that.

  • cipher

    “Comedian Rush Limbaugh”. Heh heh.

  • http://www.BlueNine.info EKM

    I bet all the good Christians reading this book while stationed in Muslim countries will ask themselves, “Why does the rest of the world hate us?”

  • Darryl

    “Also, am I the noly on that finds it funny that it makes the claim to be more effective in fighting sin? Isn’t killing people a mortal sin?”

    Well, you have to understand how moral blindness works. Jesus spoke of that when he said “Don’t point out the little speck in your neighbor’s eye and overlook the beam in your own eye.”

    How is it many pro-life Christians support the death penalty, are staunchly pro-military and pro-war, while many pro-choice people (who are somehow okay with terminating a life) are opposed to the death penalty and are anti-military and anti-war?

    Christians are some of the meanest, most heartless people you’ll ever find–cause they believe God likes it that way.

    Support Israel no matter what and screw the Palestinians? Christians do.

    Don’t forget these are the people that used the Bible to uphold slavery and racism.

    Religion is a tool to get what you want; just ask the two Presidential candidates.


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