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

Center for Inquiry, Office of Public Policy, Forthcoming

39 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2012 Last revised: 20 Feb 2013

James E. Parco

Colorado College

Date Written: February 2013

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.

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

JEL Classification: A13, M14, Z10

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169480 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2169480

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