Military Atheists

You take the Oath of Enlistment and swear to serve, so help you (G)od. The Chaplain gives an invocation at every ceremony. You are criticized for 'threatening the morale of your peers' with your godless ways. Sound familiar?

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spiritual fitness

Started by Jason. Last reply by Bobby Loyd Mar 1, 2013. 1 Reply

An email from the CO

Started by Matthew. Last reply by Bruce Williams Mar 14, 2010. 8 Replies

The start of the 09 Nativity Scene on Base

Started by Matthew. Last reply by Matthew Mar 7, 2010. 3 Replies

There ARE Atheists In Foxholes

Started by Johnny. Last reply by Bruce Williams Mar 4, 2010. 6 Replies

The Rise and Fall of a Female Captain Bligh

Started by Matthew. Last reply by Matthew Mar 4, 2010. 1 Reply

Health Care Overhaul and TRICARE

Started by Johnny. Last reply by Dan Nov 10, 2009. 1 Reply

Former Navy Chaplain Called Out

Started by Johnny. Last reply by Matthew Oct 30, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by Johnny on February 20, 2009 at 11:53am
Nancy, in my experience we always rip the Coast Guard guys about not being really military. Additionally I believe they are classed more as 'Homeland Security' now, versus 'Military.'

My limited interaction with Coast Guard was that they were not very 'liberal.' Two years stationed on a Air Force base did teach me that the AF was way more 'liberal' than the Army; and have fewer church-goers than the Army.
Comment by Dan on February 20, 2009 at 4:29am
Comment by MightyMateo on February 20, 2009 at 4:27am
I'm going to take a few "No Atheist in foxholes?" pics and post them on my page soon. Dan asked me to give it a shot and it sounds fun ;)
Comment by Johnny on January 26, 2009 at 2:58pm
I served in the US Army from 2000-2006; and consider myself quite lucky to have not seen combat. I was in a Field Artillery unit in the Fire Direction Control section (13C/13D). I also spent some time as supplemental Security Forces on an Air Force Base (full-on cop training, but when you finish training they don't give you a badge, but then you go perform the daily duties of a cop).

My deconversion came late in my military career, and my actual awakening to atheism came after I was out. So I can also count myself lucky in not experiencing pressure or persicution during my time in.

Personally, most of my commanders were very lax on anything religious. In fact I had one tell me he didn't go to church cause he had more important things to get done; and so he didn't expect any of us to waste valuable time there either. Come to think of it, it was his XO that told me faith was for individuals and only ignorant people followed the church. I know most experiences aren't like this though, and it saddens me that non-believers are treated poorly. If you've got the guts to serve your country (especially the last eight years), you should be respected for your service, no matter what you believe in.

To any of the rest here on Think Atheist that have served: Thank you!
Comment by zipzink on November 29, 2008 at 10:10am
Those who don't serve in Gods name can't be trusted. I suppose a secular army would be seen as a legion of the anti-Christ. Next stop Armageddon. It is hard for me to believe that there are people who take such ideas seriously but apparently they do.
Comment by Pat on November 29, 2008 at 9:35am
Atheist military -- a sign of the end times? Has the U.S. military been Atheistic or religious all these years? Atheist military -- a sign of the end times?
Comment by Thomas J Williams on September 1, 2008 at 9:45pm
[sarcasm]Wait, there are atheists in foxholes? No way! [/sarcasm]
Comment by Morgan Matthew on September 1, 2008 at 4:39am
Great! :) It would be cool to add some military vid's in here that are atheists. Such as no atheists in fox holes.

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