Military Suicide Prevention Training Includes This Solution: “Invite Jesus Into Whatever You’re Feeling”

Just a day after Congress held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the military, during which four Christians talked about how rough they had it, there was a perfect example of how Christians take things too far.

During a suicide prevention training for the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, the battalion chaplain offered everyone explicitly biblical solutions with this handout which states that those who are suicidal should just “Invite Jesus into whatever you’re feeling.”

Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, explained the problem:

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Congressional Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military Gets Contentious

Yesterday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services” — and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation was one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel.

You can now watch the hearing online. Weinstein begins speaking at the 25:18 mark, and his prepared remarks are here:



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Today, on Capitol Hill, There Will Be a Hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the Military

Tomorrow, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services” — and Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will be one of the non-right-wing representatives on the panel (sitting next to people from Family Research Council, Liberty Institute, and the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty):



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New Air Force Standards Soften Prohibitions on Proselytizing

Late last week, the U.S. Air Force updated its Standards. Usually, updates make things better, but the changes regarding religious exercise, while superficially sound, leaves much to be desired.

Here’s what the 2012 version of Standard 2.11 said:



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Atheist Soldier Dies, Ten Years After Getting Paralyzed During Iraq War

In a really moving story on CNN this week, we learned about Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran who was paralyzed during combat.



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