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You can’t make this stuff up. From Fox News:

The Air Force has suspended a course that was taught by chaplains for more than 20 years because the material included Bible passages.

The course, called “Christian Just War Theory” was taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and used Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments to show missile launch officers that it can be moral to go to war.

But the watchdog group, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the course violated the constitutional separation of church and state and filed a complaint last Wednesday on behalf of 31 missile launch officers — both instructors and students.

David Smith, the spokesman for the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command, said the main purpose of the class was to help missile launch officers understand that “what they are embarking on is very difficult and you have to have a certain amount of ethics about what you are doing to do that job.”

Thank Gaia for “watchdog groups,” who can take the Christian out of the Christian Just War Theory with a mere complaint. And, naturally, the Air Force immediately scrambled to recall its educational jets — the class was suspended upon receipt of the complaint.

The class is currently under review by Air Force officials who will determine whether or not to revise the material or end the class.

“In an effort to serve all faiths, we try to introduce none in our briefings and our lectures,” Smith told Fox News Radio. “Once we heard there were concerns, we looked at the course and said we could do better.”

Got that? “In an effort to serve all faiths,” the Air Force will mention none. 

“The use of Bible passage and other elements was just inappropriate,” he said. Mikey Weinstein, the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, hailed the military’s decision to suspend the course. “We’re very pleased that the Air Force did it,” Weinstein told Fox News Radio. “Had they not done that, we would have filed an immediate class-action lawsuit in federal court to force their hand.”

Weinstein said the officers who complained are Protestant and Roman Catholics, noting the class was simply “unconstitutional training.”  

Truly, we have now reached the tyranny of the minority, a land in which the whiners and malcontents — hiding behind the false flag of “conscience” — can destabilize the entire culture and assault seventeen hundred years of intellectual tradition because they can

Meanwhile, the culture is too exhausted to defend itself, and so rolls over on command. 

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