Looking For a Few Good Sheep

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

The U.S. Army is using the mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker to measure the “spiritual” fitness of soldiers as part of the $125 million Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. Soldiers are required to answer if they pray, if they attend religious services, and if they find comfort in religious beliefs. Non-believers are guaranteed to score poorly.

While homosexuals can serve openly since the repeal of DADT, atheists are spiritually unfit.

For those that don’t measure up, there is a “recommendation” for remedial spirituality training.

Here are the pertinent questions:

The Army enlisted “Psychology of Religion” expert Dr. Kenneth Pargament of Bowling Green State University along with Army Chaplains to develop the spiritual portion of the test. Pargament’s area of research involves drawing on religious beliefs and practices to understand and deal with the stresses of life.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) have sent cease and desist letters to Secretary of the Army, John McHugh and General Casey, the Army’s chief of staff.

If the Army is truly interest in the psychological well being of the troops, how about teaching them reasoning and critical thinking skills? Those skills will help them recognize nonsense.

H/T: Rock Beyond Belieftruthout, FFRF, MRFF.

106 thoughts on “Looking For a Few Good Sheep”

  1. Blouise

    I hope all went well today.


    Stuff happens. Don’t feel too bad – we’ve almost all had accidents that affected others. Part of the human condition.

  2. The vid posted by Elaine M at 10:27 is very good and verifies the info MetroCowboy (nice shout-out to my hometown paper, buddy!) has posted. Elaine had to call my attention to her vid because it got buried in my To read/To do list but I finally got to watch it and it’s well worth the time. Scary too.

  3. Ever talk to anyone that’s been to the Air-force Academy in Colorado Springs?

    Let’s just say that it fits in with all the other missionary and Evangelical groups in the city.

  4. WetboroMan:

    Reminds me of this previous thread and why it happens.

    “I just saw this story on ABA Journal as a cautionary warning to those lawyers who allow their emotions to get ahead of their judgment. Two Florida lawyers — Nicholas Mooney and Kurt Mitchell — have been sanctioned for an exchange of emails that included such notable comments as one calling the other a “scum sucking loser.” The state supreme court was not”

    He seems to be taken some off of their game,Which I can understand.
    Sometime or should I say all the time you should ignore,ignorance.

  5. It’s a well-documented and historically proven fact that christians, jews and muslims have always been fitter for committing genocide and other immoral mass murder…

    They should do quite well in the current department of defense indeed.

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