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No proselytizing in the military

August 27, 2007

Re "Not so fast, Christian soldiers," Opinion, Aug. 22

As if it's not offensive enough that we're asking our soldiers to fight a senseless no-win war, the last thing they need is to be inculcated with Christian rhetoric. Aside from the blatant illegality of the Pentagon looking the other way -- thus allowing the propaganda to be disseminated -- its lack of judiciousness is appalling. As history shows, there is absolutely nothing to gain from the immature playground mentality of charging into battle because "my God's better than your God." We owe our soldiers better than that.

Ellen Brown

San Diego

As we are seeing around the world, faith does not unite -- it divides us into opposing, and often warring, groups. Our armed forces should be completely united in the defense of all Americans, not distracted with biased propaganda that can only harm their dedication to their true mission: defending our freedom.

Bill Decker

San Diego

Although Michael L. Weinstein and Reza Aslan are on target in condemning the "Christianization" of the Army, they conveniently ignore the fact that Lt. General William G. Boykin was correct in stating that we're in a "spiritual battle." The forces of radical Islam that drive the Iraqi conflict are sworn to the destruction of those who do not embrace their version of the faith. These fanatics are driven by a belief and motivation that is purely spiritual. They are crusaders in every sense of the word.

Louis H. Nevell

Los Angeles

There is no such thing as "Christian" soldiers. They may call themselves Christian, but those who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ strive to love their enemy and do not kill others.

Barbara Aquino

Northridge

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