Rather, they have taken it upon themselves to pretend that the old Testament God who gets mad enough to kill people is still in charge. They believe that the same false god inspired the U.S. Constitution and formation of a military order of soldiers who are to be primarily warriors for His Son.
Do not be tempted to take their spiritual opinions, advice and counsel as gospel my child. America is not God’s chosen weapon of vengeance nor enforcement of a freedom all over the world that would be won with blood and at the gunpoint of a self-righteous American exceptionalism.
America is not the home of modern versions of medieval crusaders who plundered, raped and killed while believing that God and Jesus wanted them to do so.
America is not the home of generals whom God has ordained nor has Jesus authorized to kill indiscriminately in His name.
Never will America be commanded to blow them away in the name of the Lord.
Never will you be legally authorized by any officer or non-com to commit murder or any atrocity as your duty to God and country.
If you commit such acts you will be guilty of shedding innocent blood and will not be able to blame it on the moral cowards who commanded you.
If you fall into that kind of pit I encourage you to make immediate contact with a wise civic and moral mind who might try with you to do whatever it takes to protect your life, your integrity and your soul.
Unlike those military liars, genuine Americans cannot nor will not ever demand that you blindly accept their own moral judgments in place of your own.
Unlike those military liars I CAN promise you that you WILL be accountable for blindly accepting as some sort of duty and obligatory response to the foolish evangelizing they believe they have the power to force on you.
There ARE people in and close to the military who will back you up should you ever have to stand up to your officers and noncoms who want you to believe they can punish you for ignoring their religious attitudes and practices.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
MRFF recognizes that military life requires individual adherence to shared patriotic principles. MRFF also recognizes the need for military personnel to at times temporarily relinquish some Constitutionally granted personal freedoms for the sake of military discipline and objectives.
However, MRFF believes that religious faith is a Constitutionally guaranteed freedom that must never be compromised, except in the most limited of military circumstances, because of its fundamental importance to the preservation of the American nation and the American way of life.
Additionally, MRFF adheres strongly to the principle that religious faith is a deeply personal matter, and that no American has the right to question another American’s beliefs as long as they do not unwontedly intrude on the public space or the privacy or safety of another individual.
Therefore, MRFF holds that:
No religion or religious philosophy may be advanced by the United States Armed Forces over any other religion or religious philosophy.
No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to conform to a particular religion or religious philosophy.
No member of the United States Armed Forces may be compelled in any way to witness or engage in any religious exercise.
No member of the military may be compelled to curtail – except in the most limited of military circumstances and when it directly impacts military discipline, morale and the successful completion of a specific military goal – the free exercise of their religious practices or beliefs.
Students at United States military academies are entitled to the same Constitutional rights pertaining to religious freedoms and the free exercise of those freedoms to which all other members of the United States Armed Forces military are entitled.
No member of the military may be compelled to endure unwanted religious proselytization, evangelization or persuasion of any sort in a military setting and/or by a military superior or civilian employee of the military.
The full exercise of religious freedom includes the right not to subscribe to any particular religion or religious philosophy. The so-called “unchurched” cede no Constitutional rights by want of their separation from organized faith.
It is the responsibility of the military hierarchy to ensure that the free exercise of religious freedoms of all enlisted personnel are respected and served.
All military personnel have the right to employ appropriate judicial means to protect their religious rights.
I praise you for your willingness to serve our country.
One thought on “Never will America be commanded to blow them away in the name of the Lord.”
The term “irony” does not do justice to the fact that Christianity became a world religion when it was first used by Constantine to back up one army against another. It has thus been used ever since. This isn’t meant to be judgmental. It is bewildered commentary. People are amazing.