Troops punished for not attending Christian rock concert

After a day of training at Fort Eustis, Smith and other trainees were normally released to have personal time, but on May 13, Smith and dozens of others were "required" to march in formation to a concert headlined by an evangelical Christian rock band.

"No option was presented to us off the bat," Smith told Truthout about the required concert.

The Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concert that Smith and others were told to attend was headlined by BarlowGirl, a "band of tender-hearted, beautiful young women who aren't afraid to take an aggressive, almost warrior-like stance when it comes to spreading the gospel and serving God," ...

Smith said his commanding officers did offer an apology, but asserted that they did nothing wrong on May 13 and it was perfectly within their "rights" to march Smith and his fellow soldiers wherever they wanted, evangelical Christian event or otherwise.

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Comment by Jen on August 25, 2010 at 12:55am
When I saw this a few days ago... I felt sick, literally.
So it is not good enough that you risk your life and limb to protect your country... you have to be force fed Christian crap too?
very sad...
Comment by willailla on August 25, 2010 at 1:59pm
Get them to believe in a Heaven and you can get them to die for the greater glory of God and Country. And the rich keep stacking up the gold.
Comment by Bill on August 25, 2010 at 2:06pm
Amen, Brother!
Comment by willailla on August 27, 2010 at 2:41pm
Ironic. Al Qaeda is promised 72 virgins, and Christians chuckle at their naivete. Christian promise the troops a Heaven lined with pearls and paved in gold. How do we spell INSANITY?


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