By Justin Griffin
Chris Rodda wrote an extensive exposé on the amount of your taxpayer money being spent on converting soldiers and their children to Christianity.
-- The Soldier Fitness Tracker that includes the mandatory Spiritual Fitness testing and the equally mandatory remedial training. $125,000,000
-- The Spiritual Fitness Center at Fort Hood, Texas (many more to come!) – Often described as a ‘mega church’, the building even has religious stained glass windows. They are stocked with video games, phone cards, and other incentives. Packaged with a religious message. This is in addition to the numerous chapels on every post. $30,000,000
-- Spiritual Fitness concert series at Fort Lee and Fort Eustis - Invariably evangelical Christian messages and performers. You’re on notice for a future Rock Beyond Belief event, by the way. $678,470 (performer fees only)
-- Strong Bonds and other Spiritual Fitness Retreats – These are marriage counseling seminars held at luxurious vacation spots. Notoriously stuffed to the brim with evangelical messages. There are ‘sue-proof’ teaching materials that are often offered up as a defense, but it’s a shallow ruse. When I went to one I literally counted 57 instances where I was offended by the overt religiosity (“The family that prays together stays together…” “Bless this lunch break, oh heavenly father” etc…) *$30,000,000 (*Annually)
-- Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center – hosting Spiritual Fitness retreats $120,000
-- Peninsula Baptist Association’s Eastover Retreat Center – hosting Spiritual Fitness retreats $75,000
-- American Baptist Church Conf. Center – hosting Spiritual Fitness retreats $53,000
-- Quail Ministries – Christian music and comedy during Strong Bonds marriage counseling retreats. Like those awful variety-show acts you sit through during a cheesy school assembly. $84,000
-- “Serving Christ Through Baseball” program – entertainment during Strong Bonds marriage counseling retreats. Title says it all… or not. I’m still scratching my head on that one. $80,000
-- Military Community Youth Ministries – evangelism targeted at children (even stalking them on their way to the school bus) $12,346,333
-- Cadence International – aimed at converting children to Christ, as well as citizens of foreign countries in the nations that they operate in. $2,671,603
Keep in mind that it is entirely outside of the scope of the Chaplaincy and the DoD’s other religious support to convert new people to a particular faith. They are certainly expected to tend to their ‘flock’, but not to grow it.
Is it evangelism? (yes)