A former Navy chaplain who fights to defend religious freedom
says the military should be embracing Christianity -- not
As OneNewsNow has reported, the U.S. Marine
Corps has launched an eight-week course for about 80 Marines that
teaches a Buddhist-inspired concept known as "mindfulness" --
emphasizing active attention on the moment to keep the mind in the
The military has been searching for ways to deal with a record
suicide rate and the fact that thousands of veterans are seeking
treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And if this
course yields positive results, the Marine Corps could incorporate
the concept into their training.
But Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former
Navy chaplain who now runs The Pray In
Jesus Name Project, asserts that Buddhism is not the way for
the military to cut down on suicides and PTSD.
"I think getting rid of anxiety is important. We need to
decrease the suicide rate among our Marines," he agrees. "But
Buddhism is not the way to do that. I think Christianity is
intellectually a better way to promote healthy mental
And Klingenschmitt wonders why Mikey Weinstein of the Military
Religious Freedom Foundation has not complained about this.
"He ought to be up in arms about Buddhism being forced on our
Marines, but he's pretty silent on this because he's really not
interested in freedom of religion; instead he's interested in
silencing Christianity," the former chaplain reasons. "So his deaf
silence about this Buddhism issue proves that he's a
Klingenschmitt contends that prayer is better than meditation in
dealing with the suicide problem.