With Army General Petraeus, echoes of that other warrior David

Published: Thursday, Nov. 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

In this June 29, 2010 file photo, Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Our take: The sordid scandal involving former CIA chief and decorated Army Gen. David Petraeus does have religious overtones. After all, many faith traditions condemn adultery. But, the Religion News Services David Burke reports that the militarys anti-adultery rules are not based on religious beliefs. Instead, its a matter of military discipline and order.

Its tempting to view the sex scandal surrounding retired Army Gen. David Petraeus through a religious lens.

After all, most faiths forbid adultery, and even before his fall from grace, some Pentagon colleagues compared Petraeus to the biblical King David -- another proud and powerful warrior.

The comparison seemed even more apt after the former four-star generals resignation from the CIA on Friday. More than one officer cited the biblical adultery of King David and Bathsheba, wrote The New York Times.

The Bible says that David acted righteously and kept Gods commandments -- except in the case of Uriah the Hittite, Bathshebas husband.

Read more about With Petraeus, echoes of that other warrior David on Religion News Service.

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