I have reported on this blog before on a troubling dynamic in our culture about the rise of religious fundamentalism in the major domains of our society.
Christoper Hedges has his book entitled, "American Fascists", and Michelle Goldberg has her book, "Kingdom Coming, the Rise of Christian Nationalism", and on May 18th, 2008, The Real News, has a report on the rise of Christian Fundamentalism in our military. The video lasts 8:30 and is well worth watching for anyone interested in the major constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.
It also is very troubling in a democracy to see religious belief become a requirement for military service. This, of course, is a real hot button in this year's presidential campaign as most candidates pander for the votes of the religious right who elected George Bush. I hope that all Americans will reflect carefully on this issue as we enter campaign season about what it means for an American Taliban to be attempting to take over our government and impose their religious beliefs on the nation and the world.