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Vigilant atheists declare victory: No Bible study for U.S. Air Force nuke officers!

“Earlier this week the Air Force announced the course called ‘Christian Just War Theory’ had been indefinitely suspended,” writes Michael Stone for the Humanist Examiner.  “The course had been part of the curriculum for future nuclear launch officers for more than 20 years.”

“Taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the course used scripture from both the Old and New Testament to demonstrate that nuclear war can be a moral enterprise.

“The Air Force suspended the controversial course after the publication of an exclusive report by Truthout,” reports Stone. “Immediately following publication of the report, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed a complaint on behalf of Air Force missile launch officers claiming the course violates constitutional protections guaranteeing separation of church and state. Subsequent to the complaint, the course was suspended.”


Controversial? There was no controversy until the complainers created it. Now they cite the controversy as a reason to ban a 20-year ethics course for officers trained to push the nuclear button if so ordered?

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