The Army has launched an investigation into the allegations that soldiers at Ft. Eustis in Virginia were punished for choosing not to attend an ostensibly voluntary Christian concert intended to improve their “spiritual fitness.” The Associated Press reports.
Fort Eustis spokesman Rick Haverinen told The Associated Press he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the investigation. At the Pentagon, Army spokesman Col. Thomas Collins said the military shouldn’t impose religious views on soldiers.
“If something like that were to have happened, it would be contrary to Army policy,” Collins said.
Listen to the justification given:
Smith said he went up the chain of command and traced the concert edict to a captain, who said he simply wanted to “show support for those kind of events that bring soldiers together.”
While not accepting blame, the officer apologized to the soldiers who refused to attend the concert and said it was not his intent to proselytize, he said.
The fact that this took place as part of a series called the “Commanding General’s Spiritual Fitness Concerts” proves that the intent is to proselytize. What else could possibly be the purpose? And the notion that this “brings soldiers together” is moronic. How do you bring a unit together when part of the unit gets to go to a concert they enjoy and the rest of the unit gets punished for choosing not to attend? That promotes divisiveness, not cohesion.