Liberty University is a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., and was founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, who often said the school was "training young champions for Christ."
Today, some of those "young champions for Christ" are learning how to fly drones, which are often used for launching U.S. military strikes.
At Liberty University's School of Aeronautics, more than 600 Christian students are trained to fly planes and operate drones for future U.S. wars, surveillance and domestic law enforcement.
According to Sojourners Magazine, Liberty University added a concentration in Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones, in the fall of 2011.
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The Christian college was one of the first schools to offer this training and calls itself “one of America’s top military-friendly schools.”
Christian students can also take classes in terrorism and counter-terrorism — no word if that includes waterboarding.
While drones are primarily used in U.S. conflicts overseas, they will increasingly be used in local law enforcement.
Congress voted in February to integrate drones into U.S. airspace by September 2015.
“I can understand why some support [them], and I can understand why others don’t support [them]," said Liberty graduate Tim Carentz, who works for the Air Force, to Sojourners Magazine. "Our job is to pray and to understand that things will continue to get worse until Christ returns."
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He added: “If there were no Christians in the military, how would they instill love and discipline? There are people pulled right from the ghetto who have nothing and who come into the military. And maybe their first supervisor is a Christian, and he takes them to the foot of the cross and leads them to Christianity, and they share that with their family, and you save generations.”
Source: Sojourners Magazine