DYK - Mosque in the pentagon?

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DYK - Mosque in the pentagon?
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 4:37pm

I may give myself three lashes with a wet noodle later from bringing this up but... ;)

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Fri, 08-06-2010 - 5:51pm
I feel the same about that as I do about a "Christian Embassy" group that was formed within the Pentagon. It shouldn't be done. If people who are members of the military find the need to meet and pray, fine. Do it off-site.

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Registered: 10-15-2008
Fri, 08-06-2010 - 5:53pm
The government should have no religious structures on it's grounds...of any faith. It should not be endorsing or supporting any religion.
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 9:18pm

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I don't think that is always possible.

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Sat, 08-07-2010 - 4:06am
I assume it is part of the military's chaplain service and as such I have no problem with it.

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Sat, 08-07-2010 - 10:51pm
I would assume it is part of the military chaplain services. All bases have chapel services on them due to the fact that many (especially low ranking enlisted) live on base and may not have a car to drive off base. Also, when members are in training sometimes aren't allowed to leave base.
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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 1:01am
To say that there shouldn't be ANY religious building on military installations is plain phooey. Military is more than a job for many families, it is a LIFE. They LIVE on base. To say that those who live on base, or on a ship for that matter, can't have a place to worship is taking a political agenda to an extreme, IMO.
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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 9:27am
I don't think it is so much of taking things to extremes as people not understanding the life of people in the military. If you aren't familiar with the military and don't think too deeply it does give the appearance of impropriety. I think that is true for a lot of issues. Education, for those willing to be educated, on the lives of others is key, don't you think?
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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 11:11am
True enough. I am generally equally impressed and humbled by those who recognize and acknowledge the limitations of their knowledge. I guess I just wish that perhaps before one forms such an absolute, resolute and emphatic position that they are somewhat knowledgable on the topic. I would have thought that having children in the military, one would understand a little better, but I guess unless you've personally lived it, it could still be hard to comprehend.
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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 11:28am
Agreed. I do think that if a religious institution wishes to practice on a military facility, it should at least do so at its own expense, in a building/structure that it leases or owns for the purpose of conducting its rituals. I don't think that the military should give specific-denominational religions space for free. I do understand that people would want to go to churches, and to be convenient for those without transportation, so a chapel, synagogue, mosque, etc. could be placed on a military base in an owned or leased building. Better yet, for those without transportation, the local churches could provide a shuttle bus to transport their military faithful to and from their house of worship.

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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 11:32am

I'll be extreme. I don't want my tax dollars going to support a specific-denomination religious facility on a military base. I don't like the idea at all. Now, I do think that if members of a specific religion want to get together for their rituals on a military base, and want to do so indoors, they should either lease or own their own facility. Another option could be (for example) members of Christian sects sharing a single facility/building, but using their own contributions to lease/own the building and maintain it.

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