May 12, 2009

The Answer to Army Suicides: Christianity

Fallujah, Iraq (Mar. 27, 2004) – Navy Chaplain...Image via Wikipedia

According to The Public Record, the U.S. Army has decided to promote Christianity as a deterrent to suicide among soldiers. No, this is not one rogue official speaking off the record, but right from a recent edition of the Army Suicide Prevention Manual. Evidently, separation of church and state no longer applies to the U.S. military.

Not surprisingly, the Pentagon has been quiet about this. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) referred to the manual and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation as “not only an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity for the soldiers who are mandated to attend it, but for the behavioral health providers and non-Christian chaplains who must present it.”

As someone who regularly trains future mental health professionals to assess and treat persons at risk for suicide, I find this notion of pushing Christianity on vulnerable soldiers utterly disgusting.

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