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Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military

Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military—By Jeff Sharlet (Harper's Magazine)
. . . Humphrey headed down from the roof to get a briefing. He found his lieutenant, John D. DeGiulio, with a couple of sergeants. They were snickering like schoolboys. They had commissioned the Special Forces interpreter, an Iraqi from Texas, to paint a legend across their Bradley’s armor, in giant red Arabic script. “What’s it mean?” asked Humphrey. “Jesus killed Mohammed,” one of the men told him. The soldiers guffawed. JESUS KILLED MOHAMMED was about to cruise into the Iraqi night. The Bradley, a tracked “tank killer” armed with a cannon and missiles—to most eyes, indistinguishable from a tank itself—rolled out. The Iraqi interpreter took to the roof, bullhorn in hand. The sun was setting. Humphrey heard the keen of the call to prayer, then the crackle of the bullhorn with the interpreter answering—in Arabic, then in English for the troops, insulting the prophet. Humphrey’s men loved it. “They were young guys, you know?” says Humphrey. “They were scared.” A Special Forces officer stood next to the interpreter—“a big, tall, blond, grinning type,” says Humphrey. “Jesus kill Mohammed!” chanted the interpreter. “Jesus kill Mohammed!” . . . What men such as these have fomented is a quiet coup within the armed forces: not of generals encroaching on civilian rule but of religious authority displacing the military’s once staunchly secular code. Not a conspiracy but a cultural transformation, achieved gradually through promotions and prayer meetings, with personal faith replacing protocol according to the best intentions of commanders who conflate God with country. They see themselves not as subversives but as spiritual warriors—“ambassadors for Christ in uniform,” according to Officers’ Christian Fellowship; “government paid missionaries,” according to Campus Crusade’s Military Ministry. . . .

Government looking to crack down on prsion rape

Eliminating Prison Rape - Eli Lehrer - The Corner on National Review Online I can't wait for the wingnuts to come out and say that rape is part of the punishment of prison. I give it . . . ten seconds.
It has been far too long in coming but, yesterday, the Federal Prison Rape Elimination commission released its report on elimination and prevention efforts regarding the biggest social problem nobody wants to talk about: prison rape. Anyone who looks at the problem can’t react with anything other than horror. According to the Bureau of Justice Statics, over 60,000 prisoners — the great bulk of them male — fall victim to sexual abuse in prison each year. A fair number of these men are “punks” who are subject to frequent, even daily, male-on-male rape for years on end. The federal report’s conclusions — a zero-tolerance policy, more direct monitoring, and the like — almost are all common sense. State, local, and federal governments should take immediate legislative and administrative action to implement nearly everything in the report.

Michigan's unhealthy brains

Good news: Playing games helps your brain. Bad news: We mid-westerners are no have good brains. Michigan ranks 30th in brain health - so keep taking your omega 3 supplement - Head of the Class
The index looked at 21 brain health indicators in the areas of diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being. Each indicator was weighted for importance, totals were added and the states and District of Columbia were ranked. Indicators include the sales of fish and supplement sales, fruit and vegetable consumption, education, game-playing, number of deaths from Alzheimer's Disease and community participation. Atop the heap was the District of Columbia, followed by Maryland, Washington, Vermont, Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire. Michigan ranks No. 30, surrounded by Illinois and Kansas. The state got points for being "active game-players," having a low-incidence of Alzheimer's deaths and having high community involvement including volunteerism, which adds to our social well-being.

Ann Arbor Workantile Exchange grand opening

Grand Opening of Workantile Exchange | David Bardallis - Freelance Writer and Editor
After months of planning, procuring, building, and tweaking, the Workantile Exchange officially opened today in downtown Ann Arbor. What's a Workantile Exchange? In short, it's a coworking facility. But their website goes into a little more detail:
Workantile Exchange is designed for independents who don't want to work alone. Our goal is to build a community of peers: people with wide-ranging skills, experience and resources... We’re a private membership community of independent workers, based in a restored antique storefront in the heart of Ann Arbor. Both the space and the community it houses are designed to support and enhance members' worklives. We don’t offer permanent desk space or phone lines, and we aren’t an incubator or startup facility. More of a Guild Hall, or a private coffeehouse.

June 23, 2009

Marriage is Gay