Lutheran women as conscientious objectors

The convention of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which ended yesterday, passed a novel resolution against the government’s recent decision to have women serve in combat.  The church formulated a position, in line with Defense Department policy, that will allow Lutheran women who do not believe in registering for the draft or participating in combat to claim conscientious objector status for reason of religion. [Read more…]

Military will now accept the transgendered

The Pentagon announced that it will now allow transgendered individuals to serve in the military under their preferred sex.  The military health care system will also provide hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery to current servicemen and women who wish to transition to another sex.

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Despite what Obama says, our troops are in combat

When two Navy Seals were killed in Syria, a White House spokesman said, “the relatively small number of U.S. service members that are involved in these operations are not in combat but are in a dangerous place.”  But, as Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) says, our troops in Syria and Iraq are definitely, by any definition, in combat. [Read more…]

Congress says women must register for the draft

Now that women soldiers must fight in combat, just like men, it follows that they could be drafted into military service, should the country need to re-institute the draft.  So Congress has added language to the defense spending bill requiring that young women register for the draft. [Read more…]

Pentagon-backed rebels are fighting CIA-backed rebels

In Syria, rebels backed by the Pentagon are fighting rebels backed by the CIA.  Yet more proof, says Jonah Goldberg channelling Kevin Williamson, that the government should be in charge of everything.

Less sarcastically, it is proof of the incoherence of our foreign policy, the ineptness of the current administration’s attempts at intervention, and our inability to impose our will in a chaotic civil war.

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The end of the “noble savage”

Archaeologists have discovered the site of a deadly massacre in which 27 people were killed by primitive weapons.  The researchers date the site at some 10,000 years ago and say the people were hunter-gatherers.  This upsets the theory that warfare and organized violence appeared only when early humans settled down into permanent settlements.

This also upsets the perhaps related theory of the “noble savage” of Jacques Rousseau, according to which primitive people in “the state of nature” live lives of peace and virtue, with violence and other evils coming only as a result of “civilization.”  Apparently, human beings have been fallen and sinful as far back as we can see. [Read more…]