Thursday, June 10, 2010

Praying with the Army

This Monday, I attended a change of command ceremony for the optometry division who's about to deploy. It was small, and rather unexciting,in a gymnasium-like room. None of that was surprising.

But during the ceremony there was a prayer, to God, to protect them, and a quote from the bible.

I felt uncomfortable.

I wondered how many people felt the same way, or if they've just gotten used to the Christianity in the army. It's not the first time I've experienced it.

One of the most alarming was during our Thanksgiving dinner for the clinic last fall, when our commander had us all old hands in a lengthy prayer to "Heavenly father."

What happened to separation of church and state?

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