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Group: Refusal to say 'so help me God' sidelines airman →

US Military forces atheists to use Christian language. We’ve already seen plenty of examples of Christians forcing prayer on atheists, Muslims and other non-Christians in the military. It’s a clear and obvious violation of the first amendment, so why do they do it?

Because if you believe in a god, it logically follows that pleasing the god is more important than following the constitution, or acting humanely, or tolerance or equality or the image of your country and their government. The only thing that matters is pleasing the god because this life, in their minds, is temporary, but the god (and your soul, which the god has power over) is eternal.

It’s like when you’re a kid. You don’t mind pissing off the substitute teacher, because he or she will be gone by tomorrow or probably by the end of the week. But your regular teacher, you gotta deal with him or her all year. You’re a little more respectful. This is how Christianity, and all god-beliefs, teaches people to treat humanity, like a substitute teacher. Something disposable. Something less important. It devalues humanity.

This is what I mean when I say “the harm in religious beliefs.” Believing in god damages your mind because it makes you embrace magical thinking and superstition, but it also damages the society around you, because you treat it with less reverence than you would if you thought you had no other life after death.

Army General Pleads Guilty To Adultery; Other Charges Dropped : The Two-Way : NPR →

"Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who was accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a plea deal reached with government prosecutors. A judge accepted the plea deal Monday; the general’s sentencing hearing will continue Tuesday."

No jail time for this rapist, naturally. After all he’s a ‘brave’ American troop.

The United States Marine Corps Officially Declares 'Lack of Spiritual Faith' as a Sign of Instability →

 
 
This is the result of being nice and polite about religion and not speaking out against its clear attempt to dominate culture. It’s a patriarchal, theocratic, anti-democratic, unearned, top-down, manipulative institution that we’re all taught deserves respect, but look at the respect it gives in return. With Christo-fascist military leadership who’ve never been called out for their Jesus Bullshit, lack of accepting mythical tales is now a sign of “instability.”
When her spouse was killed in Afghanistan, Tracy Johnson drove across town to her mother-in-law’s house — clutching her marriage certificate — so she could hear the Army’s formal notification. No one from the military came to her door.
She later watched as the American flag that cloaked the coffin of her spouse, Donna Johnson, was offered, not to her, but to Donna Johnson’s mother – the next of kin, as U.S. law stipulates. She was denied death benefits, she said, that are standard issue to heterosexual spouses of service members who die in action: free health care, tuition assistance, and monthly indemnity compensation of about $1,200.
(via ’What’s right is right’: Widowed lesbian pushes for equal military benefits)
Why the “government shouldn’t be in any marriage therefore I don’t support gay marriage” argument is a load of bullshit.

When her spouse was killed in Afghanistan, Tracy Johnson drove across town to her mother-in-law’s house — clutching her marriage certificate — so she could hear the Army’s formal notification. No one from the military came to her door.

She later watched as the American flag that cloaked the coffin of her spouse, Donna Johnson, was offered, not to her, but to Donna Johnson’s mother – the next of kin, as U.S. law stipulates. She was denied death benefits, she said, that are standard issue to heterosexual spouses of service members who die in action: free health care, tuition assistance, and monthly indemnity compensation of about $1,200.

(via ’What’s right is right’: Widowed lesbian pushes for equal military benefits)

Why the “government shouldn’t be in any marriage therefore I don’t support gay marriage” argument is a load of bullshit.

Source : usnews.nbcnews.com



The military uses some of the most technologically sophisticated machinery and innovative medical techniques in history. But a disturbing current of pseudoscience in the military is wasting money, perpetuating myths, and putting our troops in danger.

The military uses some of the most technologically sophisticated machinery and innovative medical techniques in history. But a disturbing current of pseudoscience in the military is wasting money, perpetuating myths, and putting our troops in danger.

(via How a US soldier finally got his Pastafarian dogtags - Boing Boing)
Justin Griffith, an atheist in the US military, tells the story of how he ended up with ATHEIST/FSM on his dogtags. It all started when he enlisted as an atheist, only to have his recruiter record his religion as “Baptist.” Even switching recruiters didn’t end up with the error corrected. At boot camp, recruits were only allowed one “holy book” from their stated religion, so he brought The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which became the most-loved book in camp, much-borrowed and re-read by the other recruits. Even his drill sergeant liked it. Kinda.

(via How a US soldier finally got his Pastafarian dogtags - Boing Boing)

Justin Griffith, an atheist in the US military, tells the story of how he ended up with ATHEIST/FSM on his dogtags. It all started when he enlisted as an atheist, only to have his recruiter record his religion as “Baptist.” Even switching recruiters didn’t end up with the error corrected. At boot camp, recruits were only allowed one “holy book” from their stated religion, so he brought The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which became the most-loved book in camp, much-borrowed and re-read by the other recruits. Even his drill sergeant liked it. Kinda.

Source : Boing Boing

Watch Godless Chaplains on PBS. See more from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Atheists, freethinkers in uniform standing up for themselves in the face of Evangelical oppression.

SEVERSON: In 2010, Colonel Sicinski, at the urging of base chaplains, approved and supported a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association event called Rock the Fort to boost morale and, in the colonel’s words, “bolster the faith.”

GRIFFITH: We were “treated” to a just massive festival, and they were actually very successful. They converted hundreds of soldiers onstage.

SEVERSON: And when Sargent Griffith asked for a similar event for atheists and humanists, Colonel Sicinski declined at first. Months later he changed his mind, and that set the stage for this event called Rock Beyond Belief. The keynote speaker was the British biologist and famous atheist author Richard Dawkins.


On Fox News over the weekend, Liz Trotta belittled proponents of women in combat and derided "feminists" who complain that uniformed ladies “are now being raped too much” by male soldiers. As evidence, she cited a recent DOD report that assaults on women had risen 64 percent in the past six years. "Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact,” she told anchor Eric Shawn. (via Fox Pundit: Women in Military Should “Expect” to Get Raped (Video) | Mother Jones)

Source : Mother Jones
Socialistexan turned me on to this, but I like this image better than the one going around.

Socialistexan turned me on to this, but I like this image better than the one going around.


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December 4, 2011

Retired Army captain and Iraqi war veteran Jason Torpy says the chaplains employed by the U.S. military can’t relate to people like him. He’s an atheist.

He’s also the president of a group that’s trying to get the armed forces to become more inclusive by hiring atheist chaplains. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers wants the military to provide for the estimated 40,000 atheists, agnostics and humanists who serve in U.S. forces.

Military chaplains, most of whom are Protestant Christians, are assigned many secular advising duties, including marriage, family and suicide counseling, Torpy tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin. They touch so many parts of service members’ lives, he says, they can help improve what he sees as an environment of exclusion.