The Air Force may soon be forced to fix a problem of their own making by allowing an atheist to reenlist even though he doesn’t want to sign an oath that includes the phrase “So Held Me God.”
But Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer has a better solution: Just ban atheists from the military altogether:
There is no place in the United States military for those who do not believe in the Creator who is the source of every single one of our fundamental human and civil rights.
Serving in the military is a privilege, not a constitutional right. And it should be reserved for those who have America’s values engraved on their hearts.
A man who doesn’t believe in the Creator the Founders trusted certainly can live in America without being troubled for being a fool. But he most certainly should not wear the uniform.
As we all know, “America’s values” just happen to be whatever Fischer believes… and if we’re talking about the Creator the Founders believed in, it sure as hell wouldn’t resemble the God of the American Family Association.The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers makes clear that, if all non-Christians were purged, we’re talking about more than a quarter of military personnel.
I suspect that number’s a lot higher than Fischer thinks it is.
Right Wing Watch also points out that Fischer made it clear five years ago that he didn’t want Muslims serving in the military either:
… it is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security.
There’s a poll at One News Now asking whether there are atheists in foxholes. Not that I want to give them more clicks, but have fun voting “disagree.”
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