Remember last week week we talked about The Pentagon Sending Messengers of Apocalypse to Convert Soldiers in Iraq? Well -- the OSU (Operation Straight Up) aka "the messengers" have abandoned plans to send packages to U.S. troops in Iraq with the controversial Christian video game, “Left Behind: Eternal Force,” along with Christian books, Pentagon officials say.
The group, Operation Straight Up, does not plan to send “any care packages to troops in Iraq,” said a Pentagon public affairs officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Read the rest here at ArmyTimes
All the links to OSU have been removed from the first story we talked about.
THERE IS A GODDESS!!
I am seriously considering a visit to my (former) church, and I would urge anyone else who wants to do something about these so called faithful followers, to do the same. "Out of respect" for their beliefs - my (former) church friends that is, I would like to hear what they think about what is going on at the "Pentecostal-gon.” I'll pretend I still go to church when I talk to them. I'm still on the mailing list for my "envelopes" - (no one will ever know - and I'll go to confession on the way out, you know, just in case)
WAY TO GO ARMY TIMES! - Nice coverage of what is happening:
The watchdog group Military Religious Freedom Foundation first revealed OSU’s plans to send care packages to Iraq. Foundation founder and President Mikey Weinstein said the link between the Pentagon and OSU is the worst example the group has seen in the four-year fight to ensure religious freedom for service members.
“OSU is a giant [improvised explosive device] that is blowing up the constitutional wall separating church and state,” said Weinstein, a 1977 graduate of the Air Force Academy who spent 10 years as an Air Force JAG officer, then later spent more than three years as legal counsel in the Reagan administration.
Weinstein also has harsh criticism for the Pentagon, which he called “the Pentecostal-gon.” His book, “With God On Our Side,” published in 2006, details his charges of religious intolerance in the U.S. armed forces. More than 5,000 service members have contacted his organization because “they say they are being preyed upon by groups using the military chain of command,” he said.
About 96 percent of those who said they were pressured are Christians themselves, he said. “But these groups are preying on non-evangelical Christians. They believe they have the only right faith, that everybody else is false.
“We couldn’t care less what someone’s religious faith is,” Weinstein said. “But you cannot use your position of authority to force [your religion] onto military subordinates,” he said. “To send a para-church organization into a war zone undercuts the Chaplain Corps.”
Lawyer and minister Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, said: “This is just the thing to convince Islamic militants that America is on a religious crusade to convert Muslims to Christianity. This officially connects DoD to make it look like the U.S. government is on a crusade. There appears to be a very deep connection between this allegedly private group promoting evangelical Christianity and the military itself. It doesn’t matter what the religion is. The government is supposed to be neutral. It is supposed to be hands-off on that.”
Here's another story about what is going on that appeared in the LATimes