Muslim Air Force Major Balances Work and Faith

December 9, 2003

Source: The Macon Telegraph

On December 9, 2003 The Macon Telegraph reported on a practicing Muslim at Robins Air Force Base who says he's had no problem balancing his religious beliefs with service to his country and the Air Force.

"Even if he had to fight fellow Muslims in places like Iraq, Maj. Tim Oldenburg believes his faith makes allowances for it.

'In Islam, you're supposed to fight oppression, and Saddam (Hussein) was an oppressor to many people,' he said. 'It's just like we had to fight Hitler years ago. I would have no qualms about going to Iraq...'

Oldenburg says he encounters little criticism in pursuing his beliefs, although he recognizes that many people consider the war on terrorism to be a conflict against Islam."

See also: Islam, Military