19 June 2009
Military chaplains are allegedly abusing their position to proselytize for evangelical Christianity in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to this report. They seem to think they can get away with it in spite of the First Amendment by stating that they are not "the government." This is just the news everyone needed to hear, don't you think? I'd like to believe that the most inflammable Muslims were aware of this already, but that probably won't stop the report from inflaming more people. They're not likely to appreciate the nuance of the story, which makes clear that these chaplains are doing their thing without U.S. authorization. For some Americans, that might be an argument for suppressing the report, but I'd rather have Muslims inflamed than Americans left ignorant. In any event, this looks like a job for the Commander-in-Chief.