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Religious Conviction in the Profession of Arms

16 Pages Posted: 2 May 2011 Last revised: 13 Jul 2011

Christopher J. Eberle

United States Naval Academy

Capt. Rick Rubel

United States Naval Academy

Date Written: June 15, 2010

Abstract

We present two cases in which a Commanding Officer in the United States military relies on his religious convictions to determine whether to grant a subordinate's request to be granted leave to get an abortion. We use these cases to reflect on the proper role of religious conviction in the exercise of command authority. We argue that military professionalism does not require officers to refrain from relying on their religious convictions to make command decisions.

Keywords: religion, war, abortion, politics, morality, military profession

Suggested Citation

Eberle, Christopher J. and Rubel, Capt. Rick, Religious Conviction in the Profession of Arms (June 15, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1826247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1826247

Christopher J. Eberle (Contact Author)

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Capt. Rick Rubel

United States Naval Academy

121 Blake Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
United States

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