Saturday, December 30, 2006

Religious Displays on Military Bases

Buried in a Canadian Press article about soldiers finding faith in foxholes in Afghanistan, I ran across this tidbit:

Across from the Canuck Kaf-eh eatery is a giant banner from the Petawawa Faith Fest [ed. note: put on by Christian Media]. "God Bless Our Troops" reads the banner, with a Maple Leaf on each side. It quotes Joshua 1:9; "I command you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go."

Why does our military allow such blatantly open displays of Christianity (which do not appear to be connected to a chapel) on our military bases when all of our soldiers are covered by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which includes freedom of belief? Then again, since the Kandahar Airfield base is controlled by the Americans, is it any wonder that such displays would be prominent in a predominantly Muslim country?

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