Religion in the Military

Dear Mikey,

I am a retired Vet! I can honestly say your are or were an Officer in the Military because you have no clue what goes on in the Enlisted ranks. For over 20 years, I have come in contact with very few atheists and the ones who were atheists did not speak about being one. Those persons were generally not like and not trusted and the ones who wore their stance on their sleeve were just avoided and they did their time and got out. I can tell you never lead troops in the field or on the flight line, or commanded a squadron, or a ship, because leadership never influenced or gave personal opinion, or made religion mandatory.

I have an idea for you? Why don’t you attack Islam or are you afraid? Islam is attacking the first amendment, the same one you blanket yourself with. Islam is where you should focusing your energy on and I garentee you that fight could pick up momentum. I am not sure who is disliked more, atheists or Islam, actually you guys are disliked more. I laugh at you because your are the one legged drunk guy getting his ass kicked by the little guys!

(name withheld)


Dear (name withheld),

Your message is convoluted and contradictory. You claim that leadership never imposed religion on anyone in your vast and all encompassing experience in every branch and unit of our armed forces, yet any time you’ve served with an atheist those soldiers were distrusted and pushed out if the military based on their deeply held philosophical beliefs. In your mind, religion is not mandatory, but the lack of it is unacceptable? Please tell me you see how fully idiotic that argument is.

You have gone a step further in encouraging religious discrimination by claiming we should for some unknown reason attack adherents of Islam. Why? There are no laws in effect today which give Muslims special privileges. Muslims are not siphoning taxpayer money into their evangelical efforts, and they are not buying lawmakers to create laws which reflect their views. If you’re looking for a budding theocratic regime, look skyward in the same fashion as Constantine once did. You’ll find that there are countless many people alongside you with the desire to conquer the world under the sign of the cross. Now, if theocracy is your goal, remember your peers the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the demented crusaders of the inquisition.

Blake Page

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