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For God and Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States Military


James E. Parco


Colorado College

February 2013

Center for Inquiry, Office of Public Policy, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Tension over what constitutes proper religious expression within the United States military has significantly intensified over the past decade. This paper analyzes current reports and several prominent case studies, revealing how religiously motivated behavior has increased over the years and remains tacitly endorsed by senior military leaders. In light of ever-present religious fundamentalism within the ranks coupled with a lack of political will to affect change, the cultural reticence to hold commanders accountable for inappropriate behavior remains an obstacle. The paper concludes with actionable recommendations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: religion, religious fundamentalism, military, evangelical, culture, leadership, coercion

JEL Classification: A13, M14, Z10

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Date posted: November 1, 2012 ; Last revised: February 20, 2013

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Parco, James E., For God and Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States Military (February 2013). Center for Inquiry, Office of Public Policy, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2169480 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2169480

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