If you can get past the title, Dr. James White’s article “Strippers Going to War” has an interesting perspective on religion in the military. Dr. White is Professor of Theology and Culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
White’s topic is the Christian reaction — or over-reaction — to perceptions of sin or evil in the culture. In one example, he cites the case of Pastor Donald Crosby of the Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Warner Robins, Georgia. (The story was originally covered by USA Today via WMAZ in Macon, Ga.) The pastor enrolled his son in the local high school, only to discover their mascot was…a demon:
He’s been collecting signatures of protest ever since, saying that a pitchfork-wielding mascot sends the wrong message to teens. “Hundreds of children gather into one place at one time chanting ‘Go Demons.’ It’s the equivalent of us gathering into a church on Sunday morning and shouting ‘Go, Jesus’ or ‘Hallelujah Jesus,’ the pastor maintains.
Interesting thing is, that’s not at all the history behind the mascot:
School principal Steve Monday says that the origin of the mascot isn’t religious at all. In fact, it started in World War II from the 7th fighter squadron at Robbins [sic] Air Force Base, Read more…