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Monday, January 17, 2005

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 Atheists in foxholes

Be careful you red-state mouth breathers! Next time you salute a veteran, you might be saluting an atheist!
There ARE in fact many “Atheists in foxholes” who have served and are serving our country proudly, in all branches of the armed forces. In fact, nearly thirty million Americans do not profess a religious belief. This group includes many people who describe themselves as Atheists, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists or with other appellations.

Isn’t it time that we acknowledged and saluted them?

4 Comments:

Blogger Electro said...

I still have my dog tags. it has the word "none" stamped on it. I keep it to remind me of my youthful ignorance. By the way noone saluted me I was enlisted.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Electro said...

Well I went on to read about the "event", and you have got to be kidding me. Most people who I knew in the military were very open about their belief or lack of it. Atheist military members do not feel discriminated against nor would they like to have "special" recognition. The person who came up with this inane idea could not have been in the military. The military is a family like any other family, and you like and dislike people for different reasons but to suggest that non-beleivers feel some how left out is asinine. This is just a way that some people have decided they will segregate and divide and give "special" attention to those in the military that think are like them. I wonder what you would say about a march called "Christians in Foxholes"? Military people don't separate themselves that way, they have one objective, to serve their country and ALL its people. By the way sailors and airmen would not like to be lumped in with the "foxhole" bunch.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I looked at the site, too, and it looks pretty hastily thrown together--no credible associations listed. I can't tell whether such a movement exists and don't really think of atheists as being activists for that aspect of their lives. I wonder if it is a reaction to this odd gem from Bush the other day in the Washington Times:

"'I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you're not equally as patriotic if you're not a religious person,' Mr. Bush said. 'I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is.'"

I guess I never thought anyone took the "no atheists in foxholes" cliche seriously. I always thought of it as a metaphor for being scared shitless, so to speak.

10:28 PM  
Blogger MediumDave said...

My brother, who's a SeaBee, is very non-religious. But as some kind of joke, the Navy put RC on his dog tags, for Roman Catholic, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

12:59 PM  

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