The U.S. Air Force this month effectively removed its moral compass. Responding to pressure from a vocal minority, it cancelled a class on Just War Theory for its nuclear missile launch officers. It’s now seeking to teach ethics without any religious basis.
Just War theory, as you may know, is based on Christian values and teaching. And, that’s precisely what offended the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an ironic name for a group that wants to erase religion. Foundation Spokesman Mikey Weinsten called the Just War class “disgusting” and demanded it be removed. The Air Force quickly caved.
Air Force Spokesman David Smith conceded that at one time, the armed service thought Bible-based training necessary “because of the nature of the job.” But now that society’s become pluralistic, he contends that such training is “inappropriate.” Now, Smith says, the Air Force must develop an ethics course without relying on any religious system.
Of course, that’s impossible. All ethics are derived from religious belief. Even the secularist relies on what’s essentially religious belief: the only difference is he trusts in man and so-called random processes where a theist trusts in God. So now, instead of valuing humans as beings made in God’s image, the person deciding humanity’s fate will think we’re simply accidents. And, rather than believing that a war must be just, he’ll simply try to ensure survival of the fittest.
Of course, Weinstein is hailing the change as a moral victory that will make the world more peaceful. He wrongfully characterizes Just War Theory as advocating that “war is a good thing.” On the contrary, Just War Theory actually teaches restraint – that a nation should go to war only after peaceful attempts have failed and only when its cause and intent are just. As Romans 13 says, government is God’s servant, “an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” But, without God, there’s no definition of wrong or just. There’s simply a moral vacuum – and weapons of mass destruction.