Sunday, April 27, 2008

Is our military being taken over by Christianist assholes?

Stories like this one in today's New York Times have become all too common:
FORT RILEY, Kan. — When Specialist Jeremy Hall held a meeting last July for atheists and freethinkers at Camp Speicher in Iraq, he was excited, he said, to see an officer attending.

But minutes into the talk, the officer, Maj. Freddy J. Welborn, began to berate Specialist Hall and another soldier about atheism, Specialist Hall wrote in a sworn statement. “People like you are not holding up the Constitution and are going against what the founding fathers, who were Christians, wanted for America!” Major Welborn said, according to the statement.
Well, I think we must hawk the Loogie of Disrespect(TM) on Maj. Freddy J. Wellborn. What an asshole. And how illegal. And the founding fathers of our country, although certainly from Christian backgrounds, were often deists. They certainly weren't the intolerant bastards that the Christianists make them out to be.

Here was my favorite part of the article:
Since the Air Force Academy scandal began in 2004, Mr. Weinstein said, he has been contacted by more than 5,500 service members and, occasionally, military families about incidents of religious discrimination. He said 96 percent of the complainants were Christians, and the majority of those were Protestants.
Emphasis mine. OK, when even the Protestant Christians are complaining about religious nuts proselytizing in the military, I think you have a problem. Given the recruitment problems that the military is having these days, you'd think they'd crack down on this sort of thing. Enlistees not only have to deal with the headaches involved in supporting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia
we like against the Iranian-backed Shiite militia we don't like, they also have to put up with evangelizing Christianist blowhards telling them what to believe. No wonder they're having difficulty getting people to sign up.

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