I’d love to critique his reasoning for you but, as we’ve hashed out in the the religious threads many times before, I don’t quite grasp how he’s wrong. Feel free to do the job this American won’t do in the comments below, though.
“Jesus taught that I should bless those who curse me and not fight back against evil with force,” Brown wrote in court papers filed last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
“So instead of paying back others with force, I am supposed to love everyone; killing others is not loving them,” he wrote…
According to court papers, Brown’s anti-war sentiment surfaced between 2004 and 2006, while he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Drum, N.Y. But it wasn’t until training in April 2006, at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., that a religious aversion to force was cemented.
“Although it was only blank ammunition, I experienced what it would be like to kill another person,” Brown wrote, according to court papers. “It appalled me. And I found that it hurt my performance as an infantry officer. I realized that I could not protect my men.”
Since the Army’s initial rejection, Brown, a native of Spring, Texas, has been accepted to a seminary in St. Louis and plans to attend if the Army grants him an honorable discharge, Karpatkin said.
The mujahedeen, of course, use a different playbook.