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 Service’s David Burke reports that the military’s anti-adultery rules are not based on religious beliefs. Instead, it’s a matter of military discipline and order.
It’s 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 general’s 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 God’s commandments -- except in the case of Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba’s husband.
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