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A former Navy chaplain who fights to defend religious freedom says the military should be embracing Christianity -- not Buddhism.
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 present.
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 awareness."
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 hypocrite."
Klingenschmitt contends that prayer is better than meditation in dealing with the suicide problem.
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