United States Air Force Pulls
Christian-Themed Nuclear Ethics Training Session
The United States Air Force
has pulled its mandatory training session for nuclear missile officers after
public outcry over recently
released documents that showed the Air Force was using religious doctrine to
justify actions by officers.
The documents showed that
the Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare course, which takes place during a
missile officer’s first week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, is led
by Air Force chaplains who reference Christian teachings and Bible passages.
The Christian-themed materials had reportedly been used for more than 20 years.
Air Force officials said they would develop new content if the course were
The Center for Inquiry (CFI)
condemned the U.S. military’s unconstitutional use of Biblical rhetoric in
mandatory training, which should be wholly secular and applicable to soldiers
and officers of all backgrounds, and is pleased to see the Air Force take quick
action to remedy the situation.