PS is a monthly Army maintenance publication; it is printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office. It is a comic-style presentation of “information for all soldiers assigned to combat and combat support units and all soldiers with unit maintenance and supply duties”.
In Issue 679, June 2009, from pages 27 to 34, a story intended to teach the importance of maintenance and equipment care is delivered in the format of the David and Goliath myth, from 1 Samuel of the Holy Christian Bible. I have begun writing a letter of complaint to PS, highlighting its apparent bias in favor of Christianity. In this letter I basically ask “where are all the other stories and myth-legends from other religious texts and traditions to impart the critical essence of taking care of one’s equipment?” Using the Christian story of David and Goliath, even for educational and illustrative purposes, is a bias in favor of Christianity by a government publication. I state that to refer to the role of Christianity in the history of the United States is not an excuse to preferentially select a story from the Bible to the exclusion of other holy texts and religions, nor is the fact that the majority of Army soldiers and American citizens profess to be Christians. Displaying one story while excluding others clearly demonstrates that the religion from which the story originates is acceptable to or perhaps the same as that of the publisher or those who selected and approved of the story’s publication. And even if they were to include other religious material, they would find themselves too inundated to provide a fair representation, which is what would be required in this case in order to be non-partisan. Better that they strive to restrict the published material to that of a secular nature, as is their norm.
I have included a PDF version of the PS issue that has the David and Goliath story in it. Feel free to open it up and find this and check it out. You'll see what I mean.