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Onward, Christian soldiers

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Segments of the American populace and body politic vow to fashion a Christian-based government. Some Christian evangelicals, meanwhile, complain that the media, the education system and the courts are biased against this agenda. To learn about one man's fight for continued separation of church and state, see this week's cover story on page 16.

Otis Criss -  - Springs Ranch -  - Government contractor/retired military -  - Are the military academies too focused on religion? -  I don't think so. With a lot of the things going on - in the world today, you can never have enough religion. -  - Does enforcing tolerance for opposing viewpoints - stifle Christian practice? People have a right to their - own viewpoints, and to choose their own religion. -  - Should religion influence foreign policy? - Probably not. The world is so diverse, with so many - different kinds of religion, that you can't favor any single - religion. There has to be some kind of medium, some - sort of balance.
  • Otis Criss

    Springs Ranch

    Government contractor/retired military

    Are the military academies too focused on religion? I don't think so. With a lot of the things going on in the world today, you can never have enough religion.

    Does enforcing tolerance for opposing viewpoints stifle Christian practice? People have a right to their own viewpoints, and to choose their own religion.

    Should religion influence foreign policy? Probably not. The world is so diverse, with so many different kinds of religion, that you can't favor any single religion. There has to be some kind of medium, some sort of balance.

Robyn Noufer -  - Chipita Park -  - Stay-at-home mom -  - Do our military academies overemphasize religion? -  I don't know about the other academies, but - everything I've read and heard suggests that Christian - evangelicals have free reign at the Air Force Academy. -  - Does promoting tolerance for other viewpoints stifle - the Christian majority? I can't say, but I think - everyone should be equal. -  - Have you ever been proselytized? Yes, I have. -  - How did it make you feel? Uncomfortable. It's - no one else's right to convert others. Let people choose - for themselves.
  • Robyn Noufer

    Chipita Park

    Stay-at-home mom

    Do our military academies overemphasize religion? I don't know about the other academies, but everything I've read and heard suggests that Christian evangelicals have free reign at the Air Force Academy.

    Does promoting tolerance for other viewpoints stifle the Christian majority? I can't say, but I think everyone should be equal.

    Have you ever been proselytized? Yes, I have.

    How did it make you feel? Uncomfortable. It's no one else's right to convert others. Let people choose for themselves.

Angela Banfill -  - Downtown -  - Firefighter/student -  - Are the military academies getting too Christian- - oriented? If you strictly enforce separation of - church and state, yes. But soldiers need to take what - they can get, and if that's religion, they should be - allowed to have it. -  - Does enforced tolerance of other viewpoints stifle - Christian practice? Some Christians may think that - it compromises their power base by diffusing it to other - viewpoints. I don't see how it stifles their spirituality. -  - Have you ever been proselytized? Lots of - times. Everyone who feels they know where the Lord or - Allah resides wants to take you there, too. -  - How did it make you feel? It depended on what - stage of life I was in. Sometimes I welcomed those - efforts, sometimes I was repulsed.
  • Angela Banfill

    Downtown

    Firefighter/student

    Are the military academies getting too Christian- oriented? If you strictly enforce separation of church and state, yes. But soldiers need to take what they can get, and if that's religion, they should be allowed to have it.

    Does enforced tolerance of other viewpoints stifle Christian practice? Some Christians may think that it compromises their power base by diffusing it to other viewpoints. I don't see how it stifles their spirituality.

    Have you ever been proselytized? Lots of times. Everyone who feels they know where the Lord or Allah resides wants to take you there, too.

    How did it make you feel? It depended on what stage of life I was in. Sometimes I welcomed those efforts, sometimes I was repulsed.

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