Religious Education

Via Geographic Travels, a disturbing piece involving censorship of religious instruction in the US Army.

In a pluralistic society, where there are many religious voices and religious viewpoints, it is dangerous for any branch the United States federal government to censor religious voices it disagrees with for political reasons.

Bureaucracies are naturally self-interested, and the United States Army Chaplaincy decided to curry favor with political superiors by censoring a Bishop’s message.

Attacking great voluntary associations is a sign of hostility against civil society. In contemporary politics, Republicans are often hostile to universities while Democrats are too often hostile to churches.

Both churches and universities provide strength to our country. They are competitive spheres for association and action, unlike our stultified public schools system. Anyone who wants churches and universities to remain vigorous should support civil society, and oppose government censorship.

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