Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Military And Gods

An article discussing the Fort Hood killer has this very odd bit in it:

The group saw no evidence that Hasan, 39, was violent or a threat. It was more that he repeatedly referred to his strong religious views in discussions with classmates, his superiors and even in his research work, the official said. His behavior, while at times perceived as intense and combative, was not unlike the zeal of others with strong religious views, and some doctors and staff were concerned that their unfamiliarity with the Muslim faith would lead them to unfairly single out Hasan's behavior, the official said.

Perhaps all this is quite innocent. Perhaps. But I'd really like to know a lot more about all those strong religious views in a military paid for by our taxes. What, exactly, do those views encompass and how do we know that they will not affect the way the military would operate?

My guess is that they are talking about Christian fundamentalists in that quote, though of course they could be talking about something else. But it is fairly known that fundamentalist views are prominent in some branches of the military.

And no, I'm not saying that people shouldn't have or express strong religious views. I'd just like to know how we guarantee that accepting certain views isn't a prerequisite for getting promoted or that those views aren't officially supported.