By Anne C. Loveland
This ebook is a non secular learn of the fifty-year historical past of conservative evangelical Christians' religious offensive in the U.S. army, which gained millions of converts to their religion.
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Thousands of men who never touched the stuff before they were drafted will come out of the service confirmed alcoholics because Uncle Sam encouraged 11. "Evangelical Chief of Army Chaplains," UEA, July 15, 1958, p. 10; "Catholic Chaplain Shortage," UEA, February, 1959, p. 16; "United States Infantry Dedicated to St. Maurice," Voice, January, 1959, p. 15. " The magazine also cited reports of "moral laxity among American occupation troops" in Germany. "There is looseness in dealing with social diseases.
When President Harry S. Truman began the buildup in 1945, he proposed a program of universal military training (UMT), requiring a year of compulsory military service for all males beginning at age eighteen or upon completion of high school, whichever was later, followed by six years in a general reserve. Although Truman stressed certain nonmilitary benefits of UMTsuch as fostering the moral and spiritual welfare of American youth and instilling ideals of American citizenshipalmost every major religious organization in the United States opposed it.
7 Evangelicals were not the only ones to look upon the military as a mission field. In the postwar period, many of the liberal Protestant denominations and religious groups began to expand their efforts among the armed forces. The National (formerly the Federal) Council of 6. Gordon H. " UEA, August 1, 1955, p. 23. 7. "NAE Chaplains in Active Service," UEA, April, 1959, p. 12; James DeForest Murch, "Responsibility in Leadership and Service," UEA, May 15, 1955, p. 21; James DeForest Murch, "Forward March!