Saturday, February 26, 2011

War and Religion (plus LIVE on WWUH)

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 9 -- February 26, 2011

This week in New World Notes, radio program #156, March 1, 2011

Only on WWUH FM 91.3:

Special Live, Hour-long Broadcast
(for Spring Fundraising Marathon)

US Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel--where the "sky pilots"
(chaplains) prosyletize and evangelize the future real sky pilots.
Most photos: Click to enlarge.

Executive summary

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This week on other stations and on mp3:

War and Religion

In brief

A look at the interplay among four forces: propaganda, the state, religion, and war. The war songs "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" are analyzed. (They let children listen to this blasphemy?)

One focus is on those enablers of state-sanctioned bloodbaths: military chaplains (a.k.a. "sky pilots"). Plus an expose' of rampant Christian evangelizing by the leadership--not least by the sky pilots--at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Top: Sacrilegious war propaganda. The more you slaughter the rebels, the more Christ-like you are, sez poet Julia Ward Howe (1861). The fine print at the bottom reads, "Published by the Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments." (Click to enlarge.) Bottom: Antietam, 1862.

Notes, credits, & links

This is a replay of an old installment--#5, from March 2008--never before heard outside Greater Hartford--and now available for the first time on the Internet.

The full text of David Antoon's expose' of evangelism running amok at the Air Force Academy--"The Cancer From Within"--is here:

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," as heard in this installment, was recorded by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra in 1942.

Outro: from Eric Burdon & The Animals, "Sky Pilot"

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "What, me worry?") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

You can listen to any installment of New World Notes online or else download it (as an mp3 audio file) for later listening. The show is archived at both and (from #90 onwards) The Internet Archive. Either link should get you a reverse-chrono listing of available installments. Or browse the show's Web site: Each installment has a page, and each page has links to the recorded audio.

Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

Top: Gettysburg, 1863 (photo by Matthew Brady). Bottom: "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"--another rollicking, "God is on Our Side" war song (1942). The former phrase was coined by (what else?) a chaplain. Shown: 40 mm Bofors antiaircraft guns, quad-mounted on the carrier USS Hornet during World War II. To the left, sailors are passing--and loading--the ammunition. The tubes in the right middleground are spent shell cases.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut date shown)

  • March 8 -- Controlling the People (2): Schooling and Scapegoating (Listener Advisory for strong language and graphic reports of violence.) From the documentary film, Human Resources
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