Dear Mikey,

There are no atheists in fox holes. They are not smart enough to get in when danger is near.

The Chaplain should be suing you for being so studied as to they to have him punished for repeating a quote. From this I can only assume you want to rewrite history, which means you are a liberal idiot (my apologies for the redundant statement).

(name withheld)

Hi (name withheld),

Mr. Weinstein is tied down reading some of our rare rational mail right now, I hope you don’t mind me sitting in.

My name is Rick Baker and I’m a former Air Force Officer and Rescue Pilot, having served two combat tours in Vietnam. I say that only to qualify myself to address the Atheists in the military issue. I’m also an MRFF Volunteer.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice is quite plain on the issues of religion in the military. In cases where religious freedoms are curtailed, criticized or withheld, it is up to the commander to call for a cease and desist. Our Constitution, too, is very clear that the government, including public education and the armed forces, may not favor or promote one religion over another or religion over non-religion.

In many cases it is the commander who is at fault and it takes an organization such as MRFF to step in and attempt to straighten things out. Of course that does take cooperation from the chain of command but for the most part has served those who found themselves in need of assistance well.

The Chaplain’s statement, asserting that there “are no Atheists in Foxholes” is a direct attack on the military’s sizeable Atheist contingent. It is also a prohibition and denial of religious freedom. Denigrating Atheists is no different than denigrating Christians, Jews or Muslims.

I found your addition: “They are not smart enough to get in when danger is near,” a bit smarmy and a rather smug observation. It appears that whatever your beliefs are had better be the dominant ones.

In any case I invite you to visit our web site at militaryreligiousfreedom.org for more information about MRFF’s goals and some interesting correspondence.

Rick Baker
Capt. USAF (Ret)
MRFF Volunteer

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