Tuesday, October 9, 2007

U.S. Troops Force-Fed Christianity

It's bad enough being sent to a war zone like Iraq, a hot, dusty place with roadside bombs seemingly waiting around every corner. So, as an atheist soldier, you decide to try and meet up with some like-minded warriors to make sense of it all. Only to have your meeting disrupted by a superior officer posing as an atheist, who proceeds to threaten you and your future in the military because you don't believe in God.

In relation to my last post, is this not government establishment of a religion? A couple of weeks ago I was on an atheist forum where one of the members was about to join the Marines. He told us that during boot camp on Sundays, you had to be on a work detail if you chose not to go to church. I couldn't believe it. That was just before this story came out.

This isn't the first time that the military has tangled with allegations of improper evangelism. You may recall in 2004 the U.S. Air Force Academy had to bring in a new commandant on the heels of news that cadets of other faiths (or no faith) were being unfairly persecuted by evangelical Christian staff and cadets.

How is our military supposed to fight a common enemy when it can't reconcile differences within it's own ranks?

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