RE: Elmendorf AFB: “‘No atheists in foxholes’: Chaplains gave all in World War II”

Thank you for sharing the article “No Atheists in Foxholes”, by Chaplain Reyes and also for sharing some of the responses by the service members toward the article.

Although I did not find the chaplain’s historical reference offensive, I see that others’ did. Reading their responses challenged my initial thoughts and I value that understanding. One article even raised a question about the accuracy of the historical quote.

My research to understand the controversy over this article led me to the MRFF website. I was astounded by the MRFF hate mail reading. I was set-back, beside-myself, turned-upside-down, and inside-out by the mean-spirited attacks that were made using scripture-based references. Some people hold an extreme view that they have a moral duty to impose their beliefs on others.

I get it– religion is a personal matter, and people who serve in the U.S. military should be free to serve without being subjected to an official religious agenda (overtly, covertly, or inadvertently) or to the religious convictions of their superiors.

Again, thank you for the link to the Reyes article. I will be more attentive to issues of religion in our government and in our military.

Best Regards,

(name withheld)

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