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
Date Written: February 2013
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
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