Air Force suspends 20-year-long ethics course that used The Bible to Train Missile Launch Officers

For 20 years, chaplains at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California have used a PowerPoint presentation designed to help teach those in missile launch training the reasons behind “why we’re doing what we’re doing.” In what trainees called the “Jesus loves Nukes speech,” chaplains present religious figures including Abraham, John the Baptist, and Saint Augustine along with “many examples of believers engaged in wars in the Old Testament.” The presentation also states that there is “no pacifistic sentiment in mainstream Jewish history.” But, after TruthOut got a hold of a copy, the Air Force is now dumping the material. “Senior leadership looked at [the material for the course] and said, no, we could do better than this,” stated Air Force Air Education and Training Command spokesman David Smith.

Page from the Air Force presentation