Posts tagged "us military"
Atheists in Foxholes

Atheists in Foxholes

To be a chaplain in the U.S. military, do you have to believe in God?

Hey, Most Powerful Military in the World

In just 140 characters at a time the Taliban is talking back to the US Military:
The New York Daily News reported that the account @isafmedia wrote: “How much longer will terrorists put innocent Afghans in harm’s way?” To which Abdulqahar Balkhi, a "mouthpiece" for the Taliban, rebutted: “I dnt knw. U hve bn pttng them n...

Pork-Coated Bullets: America’s Islam Problem

Is this real? Or just some spoof from the West Wing or Law & Order? Could the US military really be using bullets covered with oil containing 13% pig fat to evoke fear in Islamic terrorists and allegedly send them into eternal damnation? For the moment, the answer seems like a skeptical maybe, but the...

Air Force Revisions

02 December 2005 Perhaps it’s to be expected that Stars & Stripes, the official publication of the U.S. military, isn’t eager to point out the flaws in their own official message about the controversial interim religion guidelines currently directing the prayers of Air Force chaplains. In a report on the guidelines, the outcry they’ve caused,...

Ghost in the Machine

The ghost of a religion story comes in the form of a cliche in Tim Weiner‘s NYT story about the automation of the U.S. Army: “Trusting robots with potentially lethal decision-making may require a leap of faith in technology not everyone is ready to make.” Indeed. But one doesn’t need the word “faith” to read it between the...

Quaking

Do Quakers have a constitutional right to quiet? That they do is the argument of a group of Friends, as Quaker congregations members call themselves, who charge that plans for a new museum next to their 150-year-old meetinghouse in Alexandria, Virginia threaten their worship. Not just any museum, either; the National Museum of the U.S....

Let God Sort ’Em Out

Newsweek‘s Joshua Hammer offers an unintended glimpse into the role of religion — American, that is — in the Iraq war. Riding along with the U.S. Army’s Bravo Company on a Halloween raid in Fallujah, Hammer collects the scraps that reveal one of the under-reported stratagems of the conflict — the reliance of U.S. troops on Christian...