The ‘Taliban’ in Our Midst

Jun 2, 2015

By Lawrence B. Wilkerson

Military officers who wear their religion on their sleeve are a danger to our country at any time, but especially after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001.

Whether it’s US Army Lieutenant General William G. Boykin telling his audience that “My God is bigger than his” in the close aftermath of that tragedy, or the more recent example of US Air Force Major General Craig Olson saying in uniform and in public — and speaking in tones far more like a preacher than a military officer — “I am a redeemed believer in Christ,” these are dangerous men, making dangerous displays of religion.

Moreover, such displays occur in an environment where they are strictly prohibited by secular rules. These rules — and in the case of the US Air Force, written regulations — are in place for a reason.

First, they protect the Constitutional separation of church and state. No government representative should be seen advocating for any religion, period. We officers, when we take the oath of office, surrender for the duration of our service the privilege of publicly professing our religion, of “wearing it on our sleeve.”


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15 comments on “The ‘Taliban’ in Our Midst

  • Keep in mind the Taliban never harmed or attacked the USA. They were religious fundamentalists running Afghanistan when the USA attacked and start eliminating them. The excuse for the invasion was Bush demanded they capture and hand bin Laden over without trial or extradition treaty (completely illegal by international law) The Taliban could not comply even if they wanted to. Even after the invasion, the full force of the US military could not do it, partly because bin Laden was in Pakistan.

    We can vilify the Taliban as excessive fundamentalists, but not as terrorists.

    Islam is not a religion in the same sense Christianity is. It demands a theocracy. It guarantees a smooth-running society, but only if everyone accepts Islam. It is a framework for a theocracy. This makes it much more difficult to talk Muslims into secularism. They think the divine prefers theocracies.



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  • I have long argued that there is no difference between the American Taliban, and the Afghan Taliban. Not in what they have done, but in the way they form their ideas. The psychological profile of an American extremist evangelist is identical to the psychological profile of an extremist islamic nutter of whatever brand. Taliban. ISIS, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda. The American’s are identical in how they think.

    “My god is the one true god. Only I know the truth. My god is on my side and supports me. Only I, and my fellow travellers will be going to heaven. My god cheers when I take actions against heathens, infidels and unbelievers. I will triumph over the entire world with the help of my god in battle. “

    And on and on. Identical. American fundamentalist religious and Islamic fundamentalist religious. Both are equally dangerous. The Islamic fundamentalists kill mostly Moslems. The American fundamentalists drive through political pressure, the support of extremists in Israel resulting the the settler movement, the one true impediment to a two state solution, because the American fundamentalists interpret their holy book to say that the “Rapture” can only occur when a greater Israel is created, invoking Armageddon. The American fundamentalists shape US Foreign Policy by preventing family planning aid to third world countries killing millions of Africans from HIV infection, that could easily be protected by the supply of condoms. But oh no. Abstinence is the chain linked to US aid money.

    The American Taliban would have the United Theocracy of America in a blink if they could. No different from the other brutal theocracies of the world. Then look out of your a scientist and want to teach evolution. Or if you are gay or an atheist, marginalized in society.

    Religion has no place in decision making in the modern world. It should be practiced by consenting adults in private.



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    Religion has no place in decision making in the modern world.

    Religion has no place in people’s brains as a belief. Its only legitimate value is in the form of academic knowledge of the history of mythology of various civilizations throughout the ages of humanity. That is what any religion’s proper place is: the dustbin of history.

    Until this becomes a de-facto, casual fact in the minds of most human beings, we cannot consider ourselves to be a truly evolved and intelligent species as a whole. Religious belief and superstition in general is one of the biggest threats to humanity, second only to climate change.



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  • I don’t agree with your statement as the role of women in the Afghan Taliban and their total subservience is a massive difference to the American fundamentalists who were even backing Sarah Palin to be the most powerful person in the world – president of the USA.



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  • They wanted Palin as VP as if she did become president she would be easy to manipulate or be willing to delegate effective presidential authority just as Bush 2 did to Cheney.



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    New Testament Activists says:

    “I am a redeemed believer in Christ” The reason I choose this sentence is that the word ‘believer’ is being used by both theists and atheists alike to their respective belief’s.

    Believe is an element of the mind function in our brain, which is complicated and there are many functions take place and those functions are finally manifest like 9/11 in the case of a terrorists. However it’s not mean that the function of a brain can only be manifest such an inhuman manner but also manifest in an individual contrary to terror but to Godly, though it may not be known or reported so far and can’t be ruled out such a scenario in which God can be explored.

    Believe in Jesus can come to unbelief, can come to atheism,agnosticism etc., can also come to confirmation as it could happen in brain as an end of a function or an end of believe. People are believing but those believes are subject to proof and such sort of proof can only be happen in brain.

    There’re lot of things happen in brain, in case of an atheist, he/she might have believed in Jesus and some point of time could come to the point wherein change their mind to unbelief and it’s not only mean to become atheist or agnostic or skeptic but also can become a witness of God.

    Brain is a structure, capable only to certain understanding and prone to be unstable, unbalanced or there’s a threat to be disorder if our understanding goes beyond certain order that has been in built, if so there must be a spirit that sealed the brain, not allowing to go beyond certain limits. However if a believer in Christ diligently study the word of Jesus even if he/she go through an instability in brain and lost stability, there’s an opportunity to retain or re-establish the stability by an intervention of God who is invisible and spirit in a time of twinkling of an eye. Thus a believer in Christ can become a witness of God.

    This reality is only possible in Christianity because the word of Christ that’s widely known has been written in a manner to unlock the mind in brain and led him/her to become witnesses of God rather than a believer. A position as a believer in Christ is not a requirement of God but only a witness as this make eventually a Redeemed Christian to be a witness as such person no longer a believer.

    The spirit of God as Holy Spirit is exist in the world, seeking an opportunity to dwell in the human body which become a temple of God as the Abrahamic God never dwell in temples made with hands and such human body can’t be destroyed by any power of death, even the weapons of ISIS,Al Qaeda, Taliban etc.,

    The God Evidence can be proven by invoking the word of Jesus in NT, so as to vindicate what has been said is true by demonstration. In a world of uncertainty, terrorism, secularism is not a viable solution to resolve an outstanding issue’s of the world and allowing freedom of expression by person like USAF Major general Craig Olson is NOT dangerous but such a profound personality submit his believe is something lead everyone to victory over all kinds of evil around the world and beyond.



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    New Testament Activists says:

    “I am a redeemed believer in Christ” The reason I choose this sentence is that the word ‘believer’ is being used by both theists and atheists alike to their respective belief’s.

    Believe is an element of the mind function in our brain, which is complicated and there are many functions take place and those functions are finally manifest like 9/11 in the case of a terrorists. However it’s not mean that the function of a brain can only be manifest such an inhuman manner but also manifest in an individual contrary to terror but to Godly, though it may not be known or reported so far and can’t be ruled out such a scenario in which God can be explored.

    Believe in Jesus can come to unbelief, can come to atheism,agnosticism etc., can also come to confirmation as it could happen in brain as an end of a function or an end of believe. People are believing but those believes are subject to proof and such sort of proof can only be happen in brain.

    There’re lot of things are happen in brain, in case of an atheist, he/she might have believed in Jesus and some point of time could come to the point wherein change their mind to unbelief and it’s not only mean to become atheist or agnostic or skeptic but also can become a witness of God.

    Brain is a structure, capable only to certain understanding and prone to be unstable, unbalanced or there’s a threat to be disorder if our understanding goes beyond certain order that has been in built, if so there must be a spirit that sealed the brain, not allowing to go beyond certain limits. However if a believer in Christ diligently study the word of Jesus even if he/she go through an instability in brain and lost stability, there’s an opportunity to retain or re-establish the stability by an intervention of God who is invisible and spirit in a time of twinkling of an eye. Thus a believer in Christ can become a witness of God.

    This reality is only possible in Christianity because the word of Christ that’s widely known has been written in a manner to unlock the mind in brain and led him/her to become witnesses of God rather than a believer. A position as a believer in Christ is not a requirement of God but only a witness as this make eventually a Redeemed Christian to be a witness as such person no longer a believer.

    The spirit of God as Holy Spirit is exist in the world, seeking an opportunity to dwell in the human body which become a temple of God as the Abrahamic God never dwell in temples made with hands and such human body can’t be destroyed by any power of death, even the weapons of ISIS,Al Qaeda, Taliban etc.,

    The God Evidence can be proven by invoking the word of Jesus in NT, so as to vindicate what has been said is true by demonstration. In a world of uncertainty, terrorism, secularism is not a viable solution to resolve an outstanding issue’s of the world and allowing freedom of expression by person like USAF Major general Craig Olson is NOT dangerous but such a profound personality submit his believe is something lead everyone to victory over all kinds of evil around the world and beyond.



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  • Recall your recent history. During much of the 1990’s, the Taliban provided supplies and safe haven for al Qaeda to use for training and planning attacks against the US. bin Laden was certainly in Afghanistan when President Clinton attacked his camp with cruise missiles during a major meeting of the al Qaeda leadership. He missed killing bin Laden by a few minutes because bin Laden left the meeting early.

    Any government that provides the resources necessary to attack my country is carrying out an act of war against my country. The question of an appropriate response is often related to how much it would cost us to retaliate, which should always be discussed before engaging in a war.

    In the present day, the Taliban is routinely killing people who cooperate with or work for the present government of Afghanistan. I think they earned their terrorist badge.



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  • New Testament Activists
    Jun 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    However if a believer in Christ diligently study the word of Jesus

    That is a bit of a challenge, considering that none of the New Testament was written within decades of supposed events, and much of it was written/edited 300 years later to meet the political requirements of the Roman Empire.

    even if he/she go through an instability in brain and lost stability, there’s an opportunity to retain or re-establish the stability by an intervention of God who is invisible and spirit in a time of twinkling of an eye.

    Yes! Brain damage does increase spirituality and religious activity. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120419091223.htm

    Thus a believer in Christ can become a witness of God.

    Or more accurately, a person with a god-delusion can become an uncritical believer in Xtian mythology.

    it is true that the god “virus” will seek to spread its self into new human bodies.

    The God Evidence can be proven by invoking the word of Jesus in NT,

    The New Testament is only evidence of the ancients’ abilities to write mythology and folk law, as are the other gospels which the Roman bishops rejected.



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  • Maybe, but that does not invalidate my point. Women in the USA have a powerful voice that is recognised by the Christian fundamentalist right in a way which is totally unthinkable to the Taliban.



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  • You are talking total rubbish. Who was taking down the words of Christ? Some reporter from the 2000 years ago Guardian or Daily Express? The words are legendary and made up after the event by the Jewish tradition of Midrash. Get real and stop deluding yourself.



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  • Military officers who wear their religion on their sleeve are a danger to our country at any time, but especially after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001…Moreover, such displays occur in an environment where they are strictly prohibited by secular rules. These rules — and in the case of the US Air Force, written regulations — are in place for a reason. First, they protect the Constitutional separation of church and state. No government representative should be seen advocating for any religion, period. We officers, when we take the oath of office, surrender for the duration of our service the privilege of publicly professing our religion, of “wearing it on our sleeve.”

    Exactly, professor Wilkerson. General Olson serves the commander-in-chief who has sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States which prohibits Congress from making any law that establishes a religion or prevents the free exercise thereof. In uniform Olson represents a subordinate, worse a high-ranking one, implying that the defense policies the president charges him with carrying out may harmlessly embody a religious agenda. A soldier loses his right to free speech advocating religion publicly in uniform just as much as he loses the right to question or criticize the orders or the policies of the President. If he feels conscientiously opposed, he may always resign. I understand the current conditions which make my recommendation politically unfeasible. US Air Force Major General Craig Olson should be fired.



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  • An admirably succinct and forthright article by someone who knows his onions.

    I’d like to see more such articles by others who are expert in their field.

    For instance, more scientists need to join Dawkins in the vanguard.



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    mikegtu2005 says:

    Yep that’s true but the fundamentalist Christian way has lots of similar thinking to fundamentalist Islam in fact talk to a Muslim about woman’s rights and you won’t hear the sub servant line at all .



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