THE ECONOMIST – Religion in the American air force – Flying heavenwards

CHRISTINA HOPPER, an officer in the American air force, attracts a lot of publicity, for several reasons. Having flown combat missions over Iraq, she has been hailed as the first African-American woman to pilot a fighter aircraft in an active war zone. She is also a passionate evangelical Christian, who believes that she had a divine vocation to become a pilot of war planes…

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10 Comments

  1. Yeshua Warrior

    Praise God for Major Hopper for her aerial accomplishments. God calls some to be fighter pilots just as much as He calls some to be trash collectors or auto mechanics, and we are to glorify God in whatever He calls us to do. Even the Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote in Colossians 3:23-24 – 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

    Why is it offensive for a Christian fighter pilot to say “that my identity in Christ drives my goals…” what if some instead that it is my practice of yoga that drives my goals as a fighter pilot? Would it be anymore offensive if a Jewish fighter pilot said that my obedience to the Torah drives my goals and makes me a better fighter pilot???

    Once again, Mr. Weinstein likes to pick on Christians much like the Apostle Paul did before his conversion. All Mr. Weinstein is along with his advisory board are, to use King James vernacular is “asses” (donkeys)! It is time that Mr. Weinstein and his adivisory board put on their big girl panties and learn to deal with it, for Christians are going nowhere, we are here to stay in the military and outside the military!

  2. Charlene Dryer

    African-American communities are pervasively evangelical and victimized by preachers,
    mostly by scam artists of their own ethnicity. They are brainwashed from birth. It’s amazing to me that in this generation they want to embrace the superstition imposed on their ancestors by ‘Christian’ slave owners. She can believe what she wants, however irrational that might be, but she’d better shut her trap when at work.

  3. Yeshua Warrior

    Dear Charlene,

    Please site your evidence that African-Americans are brain washed from birth!! I have known and now know black evangelicals who were not so called “brainwashed” at birth” They made a choice at some time in their life to received Christ as their Lord and Savior, nothing was forced upon them, they came to a realization that they are sinners and need to be forgiven of their sins, just like Major Hopper did!

    By the way Charlene, not all “Christians” were slave owners, in fact, many Christians were part of the abolitionist movement which got slavery removed in the United States. Another case in fact, it was another Christian, William Wilberforce in England which got the slave trade there abolished as well, and, there is even an all black university here in the United States which is named after him. May I recommend that you know your facts before you speak and look stupid!! Here is a famous quote you may want to remember – “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

  4. Gunther

    Yeshua Warrior, it took a Civil War to abolish slavery and even then we had semi-slavery called the sharecopper system plus we also had the police arrest Afro-Americans and when they could not pay the fnes, they were turn over to American corporations to pay off their fines. Read the book Slavery by Another Name.

    You need to get your facts straight before you speak and looking stupid although from reading your various comments on this website, you have not been able to stop acting stupid and saying stupid things.

  5. Gunther

    Yeah kids are brainwashed as soon as they can talk and walk. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_evangelism_movement.

  6. Yeshua Warrior

    Dear Gunther,

    I would not say teaching children about Christ is brainwashing them, even Jesus said prevent not the children from coming to me. Jesus held children in high regard, again he said that it would be better if a person were thrown into the sea with a millstone around their neck than to cause one child to stumble. If there were any washing children’ brains I want it to be Jesus from all the crap and sin in our world today.

    My daughter received Christ as her savior when she was around 5, and she is secure where she will spend eternity, while Mr. Gunther I question where you will be spending eternity.

  7. Gunther

    With all the hate that is spew on this website from so-called Christians like you Yeshua Warrior, I am sure that you and your so called Christians will be joining me in Hades.

    It is the religious leaders that are brainwashing the kids. If religion is so powerful then why have we not ended sin and all that other stuff you are complaining abut?

    Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. It seems that after 2,000 years of Christianity, it quite apparent that Christianity has been the worst form of religion when you look at all the religions that came before it like the Roman religions, Greek religions, and all the other religions in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central, North, and South America that have come and go.

  8. Yeshua Warrior

    Mr. Gunther,

    I am not the one spewing hate on this website and I abhor the swearing and cursing that other so called Christians have used again Mikey and others here.

    I am not sure what religious leaders you may be referring to who are supposedly “brainwashing” the kids? What you may call brainwashing we call discipling, teaching the children the same things Jesus taught His disciples when He was here on earth.

    You asked why if religion is so powerful how come it has not ended sin, well Gunther, that is the problem, religion cannot end sin, but only the shed blood of Christ on the cross can end the the power of sin. Sin will be with us until Christ sets up His kingdom and Satan and his demons are forever thrown into hell and the doors are shut on him.

    When Christ died on the cross, He broke the power of sin for those who would accept Him as their Lord and Savior, does not mean that we still do not struggle with it, but we have no the ability to say NO to it and not control us unlike the rest of humanity who has not accepted Christ. All the problems you see in the world are all due to the effects of sin which started way back in the Garden when our original parents Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin came into being, so since then, everyone one is born with a sin nature, so yes every cute baby that is born, is born a sinner and with a sin nature that is opposed to God! This world is not and will not get any better but worse and more sin abounds. However, Christ gave us away out of the power of sin to control us, all we have to do, is repent and surrender out lives to Him! Every one is only a breath away from living eternally in heaven or hell, but the choice is ours, so choose wisely!

  9. Gunther

    Yeshua Warrior, you damn well know what Christians religious leaders are spewing hate and if people like you hate it so much, why are people like you are not doing a thing to strip them of their church assets and their own personal assets and ensureingthat they never preach again. If you are not spewing hate, you are certainly trying to shove religion down people’s throats.

    “I am not sure what religious leaders you may be referring to who are supposedly “brainwashing” the kids? What you may call brainwashing we call discipling, teaching the children the same things Jesus taught His disciples when He was here on earth.”

    Call discipling? What does that suppose to mean? Too many adults don’t believe in the things that Jesus taught and then use religion for their own personal gains by ensure that the kids will be brainwash so when they grow up, they will be a future source of revenue for religion. Whatever happen to taking a vow of poverty?

    Furthermore, the Bible has scriptures where innocent children are murder in the name of God so don’t tell me that kids are being disciple for their own good.

    Kill Sons of Sinners
    Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants. (Isaiah 14:21 NAB)

    God Will Kill Children
    The glory of Israel will fly away like a bird, for your children will die at birth or perish in the womb or never even be conceived. Even if your children do survive to grow up, I will take them from you. It will be a terrible day when I turn away and leave you alone. I have watched Israel become as beautiful and pleasant as Tyre. But now Israel will bring out her children to be slaughtered.” O LORD, what should I request for your people? I will ask for wombs that don’t give birth and breasts that give no milk. The LORD says, “All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them. I will drive them from my land because of their evil actions. I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels. The people of Israel are stricken. Their roots are dried up; they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children.” (Hosea 9:11-16 NLT)

    Kill Men, Women, and Children
    “Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, “Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple.” So they began by killing the seventy leaders. “Defile the Temple!” the LORD commanded. “Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!” So they went throughout the city and did as they were told.” (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)

    God Kills all the First Born of Egypt
    And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. (Exodus 12:29-30 NLT)

    God Will Kill the Children of Sinners
    If even then you remain hostile toward me and refuse to obey, I will inflict you with seven more disasters for your sins. I will release wild animals that will kill your children and destroy your cattle, so your numbers will dwindle and your roads will be deserted. (Leviticus 26:21-22 NLT)

    More Rape and Baby Killing
    Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)

    “You asked why if religion is so powerful how come it has not ended sin, well Gunther, that is the problem, religion cannot end sin, but only the shed blood of Christ on the cross can end the the power of sin. Sin will be with us until Christ sets up His kingdom and Satan and his demons are forever thrown into hell and the doors are shut on him.”

    If Christ die for our sins, then we should not be brought into this world with original sin in the first place, end of story. Future generations of people should not have to suffer for the sins of Adam and Eve. It would be like blaming children for the crimes committed by their parents and grandparents and being pre-judge when they are born. If God is so powerful, than he should have been able to shut the doors of Hell on the Devil a long time ago. The Devil must be a real good locksmith at unlocking the doors of Hell and coming and going anytime he pleases.

  10. Frank Csorba

    @Yeshua Warrior > “Why is it offensive for a Christian fighter pilot to say “that my identity in Christ drives my goals…” That is not what is offensive. What is offensive is proselytizing to those who have no interest. Because religion is inviting our criticism by being inappropriately aggressive. We are not against religion. Just keep it out of our face and government, please. We are offended by Christians telling us how it is “the right way to live”. There is not one “right way to live”. If you are going to be the nail that sticks its head up, expect to be hammered.

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