The late Joe Sobran, as usual, said it best, when he wrote:
“….Highly civilized white men have produced the world’s most terrible weapons of mass murder, but they prefer to call these “weapons of mass destruction,” a phrase that slightly disguises their nature. It would sound absurd to say that “we mustn’t allow weapons of mass murder to fall into the wrong hands,” since there can be no “right” hands; but if you substitute destruction for murder it sounds almost reasonable to people who don’t stop to think what you are saying.
“Well, war in our time — whatever was true in the days of the crossbow — can mean only mass murder, and we ought to face the fact. Oddly enough, it’s peace, not war, that has a bad name in some circles, where peacenik is a term of sneering contempt, but there is no such thing as a warnik.
“In 1991 William Buckley remarked, more in sorrow than in anger, that I had become a virtual pacifist. At that point I’d opposed two consecutive American wars, so in his eyes it was already starting to look like an alarming habit. He went on to intimate that he and other conservatives were praying for me.
“I wasn’t actually a pacifist, nor am I one now, and I’m well aware that the word peace can be abused. Still, it’s a holy word to me, as in “Peace on earth,” “Blessed are the peacemakers,” and “the Prince of Peace.” If war can sometimes be justified, it can be only as a regrettable necessity, not as a thing warranting pride or enthusiasm or self-congratulation.
“War is the most destructive of human activities, and because it destroys everything worth conserving, I marvel that it has come to be associated with “conservatism.” Yet conservatives who oppose war find themselves isolated like lepers among “mainstream” conservatives, who regard them as puzzling eccentrics — charitably seen, perhaps, as in some spiritual peril requiring prayer. I guess if you find yourself preferring peace, at least your conscience should be troubled about it.”
Read the full essay here: http://www.sobran.com/columns/2005/051006.shtml
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Many years ago, almost two decades ago, I was among those who thought there could be some sort of cooperation between Catholics and Evangelicals, but as we move into a nation perpetually at war, I no longer think that, especially after reading Kelley B. Vlahos’ latest commentary on “Doctor Chaplain and the Army of God.”
“Is the military feeding traumatized soldiers in need of counseling to proselytizing evangelical chaplains, instead of mental health professionals?
“You bet, says Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), which has been tracking what Weinstein likes to call the “Fundamentalist-Christian-Para-Church-Military-Corporate-Proselytizing-Complex” for five years. More recently, there’s been “increasingly frequent and alarming” charges that religion is being pushed on soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in lieu of traditional treatment on the battlefield…..
“Weinstein’s radar honed in on the concerts after soldiers at the Fort Eustis Army installation in Virginia said they were punished for not attending another Christian rock concert on base, and were stymied when they tried to complain through the chain of command. The show was part of a “Spiritual Fitness Concert Series,” developed by Commanding General James Chambers in 2008. According to Weinstein, Chambers had shelled out $300,000 in DoD funding over the last two years to bring the born again entertainers to Fort Eustis and Fort Lee. At a prayer breakfast before one such concert in February, U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., spoke warmly of the general’s efforts.
“I want to thank you because in a world where it is so easy to back away from one’s faith you have shown not only the courage to train and equip our Army to fight and defend freedom but to stand for faith across America,” Forbes declared.
“These simple snapshots come five years after an investigation, initiated by Weinstein, which found religious intolerance, insensitivity and inappropriate proselytizing on the part of Air Force officers and cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The Pentagon later attempted to play down the report, admitting to a “perception of religious bias” but denying widespread intolerance. By then, the cat was already out of the bag, as similar complaints and testimonials began leaking out of the other service academies and MRFF became a full time advocate with an increasing client base…”
Full article is here: http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2010/10/18/doctor-chaplain-and-the-army-of-god/