An interesting story broke a few days ago when truthout.org released an Air Force PowerPoint presentation used in an ethics training program given to its nuclear ballistics personnel. The Air Force promptly withdrew the materials after truthout.org’s complaints of the citations to the Bible and other religious sources, as well as a quote from an ex-Nazi SS officer, Wernher Von Braun.
Particularly after listening to the author Jason Leopold’s radio interview podcast, I was amused—as I always am at anti-religion crusaders—that he could be so irate at the use of religious sources in a discussion about ethics, as well as irate at the use of a quotation attributed to an ex-Nazi officer. How could he condemn Nazism else by some objective moral standard? If there are no fixed moral laws, neither Nazism nor nuclear holocaust has any moral quality. They are simply matters of preference. If that were the case, we might as well rig the launch sequence to a Facebook poll.
Clearly, however, Mr. Leopold subscribes to an objective moral standard. The world is more than mere matter in motion. There are truths beyond mere observable reality. But in the strident secularist’s world, such topics are off limits.