Fox News is reporting that a watchdog group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has successfully pressured the United States Air Force into suspending a course it has taught for 20 years. “Christian Just War Theory” was used to train missile launch officers in the ethics and morality of war by referencing passages and teaching from the Bible.
The MRFF is a sad organization. It seeks to “defend” American military personal from religious persecution by invoking the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. It proudly displays the following statement on it’s web page:
Over 23,000 active duty members of the United States Armed Forces have come to our foundation as spiritual rape victims/tormentees. 96% of them are Christians themselves.
It’s founder and president, Mikey Weinstein, is associated with the following quote:
When one proudly dons a U.S. Military uniform, there is only one religious symbol: the American flag. There is only one religious scripture: the American Constitution. Finally, there is only one religious faith: American patriotism.
The complaint was filed on behalf of 31 missile launch instructors and students, who, according to Weinstein, are Protestant and Roman Catholic. In particular they were concerned with the use of Revelations 19:11 which states:
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose
rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.
The Bible is quite clear about it’s position on war – at times it is necessary to fight. Abraham, Joshua and David (to name a few) all went to battle, sometimes at the direct command of God – and in the future Jesus will too. American military personal should be able to defend us with the confidence that they are not violating some moral code. If that moral code doesn’t come from the God of the Bible than where does it come from?
MRFF is attempting to cleanse society from religion and establish it’s own morality by twisting the meaning of the Establishment Clause. What is particularly troubling about this story is how fast the Air Force caved to pressure; it clearly shows a desire to take a middle group position instead of honoring the philosophy and tradition that has made it so great.
A strategy that opposes God will end in ruin.