For God and Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States Military
James E. Parco
Center for Inquiry, Office of Public Policy, Forthcoming
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
Date posted: November 1, 2012 ; Last revised: February 20, 2013