The Air Force has suspended a course that was taught by chaplains for more than 20 years because the material included Bible passages.

The course, called Christian Just War Theory was taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and used Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments to show missile launch officers that it can be moral to go to war.

But the watchdog group, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the course violated the constitutional separation of church and state and filed a complaint last Wednesday on behalf of 31 missile launch officers both instructors and students.

David Smith, the spokesman for the Air Forces Air Education and Training Command, said the main purpose of the class was to help missile launch officers understand that what they are embarking on is very difficult and you have to have a certain amount of ethics about what you are doing to do that job.

He said the class was suspended the same day the complaint was filed.

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