Would you Pass the Military’s “Spiritual Fitness” Test?Author: Jon Martin | Friday, January 14th, 2011 |
Religion in the army has been a hot-button issue since it was discovered that the army is handing out bibles to troops. It turns out the army considers “spirtual well-being” as a strength for soldiers. Why? Well, the army is worried that troops without beliefs will be easier to break down. Without a belief in a higher power, without someone watching over you, you’re more likely to cave to the demands of a tormentor (or so the army thinks).
USA today is reporting that a group of over 220 soldiers plans to sue the army if they continue to ask religion-related questions on their tests. The tests in question, The Army’s well-being assessment, is given to all . Self-described “Foxhole Atheist”, Justin Griffith, a sergeant at Fort Bragg, N.C., checked 100% un-spiritual. When he submitted the computerized survey, the auto-response came back:
Spiritual fitness may be an area of difficulty… You may lack a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. At times, it is hard for you to make sense of what is happening to you and to others around you. You may not feel connected to something larger than yourself. You may question your beliefs, principles and values…Improving your spiritual fitness should be an important goal.”
Michael Weinstein, an attorney, businessman, and former Air Force officer says that these questions are not constitutional. Weinstein, who founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says he has 220 soldiers ready to sue if the survey doesn’t drop those questions. This isn’t Weinstein first battle with the military, he has been embroiled in years of battles over what he perceives as an evangelical invasion of the armed forces.
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