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 Post subject: War Is Sin
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:22 pm 
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The Rev. William P. Mahedy, who was a Catholic chaplain in Vietnam, tells of a soldier, a former altar boy, in his book “Out of the Night: The Spiritual Journey of Vietnam Vets,” who says to him: “Hey, Chaplain ... how come it’s a sin to hop into bed with a mama-san but it’s okay to blow away gooks out in the bush?”

“Consider the question that he and I were forced to confront on that day in a jungle clearing,” Mahedy writes. “How is it that a Christian can, with a clear conscience, spend a year in a war zone killing people and yet place his soul in jeopardy by spending a few minutes with a prostitute? If the New Testament prohibitions of sexual misconduct are to be stringently interpreted, why, then, are Jesus’ injunctions against violence not binding in the same way? In other words, what does the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ really mean?”

Military chaplains, a majority of whom are evangelical Christians, defend the life of the unborn, tout America as a Christian nation and eagerly bless the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as holy crusades. The hollowness of their morality, the staggering disconnect between the values they claim to promote, is ripped open in war.



http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090601_war_is_sin/?ln

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 Post subject: Re: War Is Sin
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:25 am 
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Having grown up in a culture that glorifies war, it took a while to start questioning our headlong plunges.

Now we seem to be really excited about the "opportunity" that N Korea presents. If soldiers want to go fight, then fight they will. I'm not about to try to change that inclination.

Extremists often concern me. Whatever cause they are trumpeting. The atheists, the homo's, the war mongers, the anti-gunners, the socialists, the communists/collectivists.

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