Air Force Cancels Nuclear Ethics Briefings
August 4, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force has halted a presentation for missile launch officers on the ethics of nuclear weapons because of objections to its religious content.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation said it was approached by 31 officers upset by the briefing, CNN reported Thursday. Chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California had been doing the briefing for almost two decades.
“There were several things that they found disgusting,” Mikey Weinstein, who founded the watchdog group, said. “The first was the fact that there is actually a slide that makes it clear that they’re trying to teach that, under fundamentalist Christian doctrine, war is a good thing.”
Weinstein said he and others in the foundation were “literally blown away” by some of the slides. One quoted Revelations describing Jesus Christ as a “mighty warrior.”
The Pentagon canceled the briefings last week. Senior Air Force officials said they did not know of the content.