Importance of Religion Growing Among US Troops in Wartime

March 15, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune,1,1593501.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed

On March 15, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "For many servicemen and women, duty in Iraq stirs intense spiritual experiences, often drawing them toward a deeper faith but sometimes challenging strongly held religious beliefs. Pierre was the second Marine baptized at his camp that day. And at least three Marines in his 800-member battalion have felt a call to religious ministry while in Iraq--including Pierre, who plans to devote his life to a music ministry once he completes his enlistment. Pierre, a Protestant, has already composed several 'praise songs,' or hymns. At Camp Fallujah, a few miles away, the Catholic chaplain performed two dozen adult confirmations or baptisms during a seven-month tour of duty... Though members of the U.S. armed forces are overwhelmingly Christian, military chapels are non-denominational and in some cases used even by Wiccans. Servicemen and women of all faiths are finding that the war has changed their approach to religion."