Friday, December 07, 2012

Andrew Bacevich on the First Amendment

God and Country

Will he be a regular contributor to FPR?

Anyway, would there be such a problem if the Federal national military were not such a large institution? If we still followed the Constitution and recognized that the states have the right to "establish" church, along with the stipulation that the states would provide for the bulwark of defense through their military units, would this be such a problem?

Even with a national military that is limited in size, what do we do about its members' spiritual needs? This could officially be left to the states or the established churches of the states? Or to independent churches or ecclesial communities ministering to the members. (At present, our military chaplains have to be under the authority of the military, for whatever reason, and hence the necessity of the Archdiocese of the Military?)

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