For 20 years the course on “Christian Just War Theory” was taught by chaplains at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to those who would turn the key should World War III break out.
The training, which used passages from the Bible and religious imagery to demonstrate the moral justification for atomic warfare, has now been suspended.
The Air Force acted after receiving an inquiry from Truthout, a news website which first broke the story.
A PowerPoint presentation which was part of the course had consisted of 43 slides which included references to Biblical figures like Abraham and John the Baptist, and paintings of the Visigoths attacking Rome in AD410.
Instructors quoted St Augustine’s just cause for war, telling them it was right “to avenge or to avert evil, to protect the innocent and restore moral and social order.”