Posted by: Jared | May 28, 2009

Katie Couric: “No Atheists in foxholes”

A response from retired Master Sergeant Gid L. White. After Katie Couric declared that there were no atheists in foxholes on a TV newscast:

Dear Miss Couric,

While there is nothing wrong highlighting in the program the role that religion has played in the American Armed Forces, I find your mindless parading of that silly old aphorism, “there are no Atheists in foxholes,” to be thoughtless and downright offensive to the families of uncountable numbers of atheists, and I include Agnostics, who gave their lives wearing the uniform of the American Armed Forces. Yes, there are, and always have been Atheists, both draftees and volunteers on the battlefield, many of whom bare the scars of war or are ironically buried below white crosses in battlefields throughout the world.

I’m in a position to know. After initially being nominated to WestPoint, I enlisted in the United States Army as a Private in 1964, where I served 21 years on active duty retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1985. As one who is not shy about proclaiming my firm non-belief in any supernatural nonsense, religious or otherwise, I became aware of literally thousands of fellow Atheists in uniform all over the world. Some were overt and public about their beliefs. Some were not. But all were willing to lay down their lives if necessary. Many did.

The military is fully aware of the existence of Atheists in uniform, and in fact makes specific allowances for us in the oath enlistment. In the oath there is a clear choice. We can swear before God, the Great Pumpkin, or whatever, to serve our country. Or we can affirm the oath. There are no bibles or other sacred books used in this oath unlike for some political offices. The only item required to be present is the American Flag. All my reenlistments were affirmed as were hundreds of others I witnessed. Under affirmed oath I personally encountered dozens of soldiers wearing purple hearts bronze stars and at least five silver stars. Among them were Special Forces, Rangers, and Intelligence Officers, Artillerymen, Tank Crewmen, Cooks, Paratroopers, Combat Medics, Truck Drivers, and Infantrymen. There are no atheists in foxholes? I beg to differ.

Preachers may blather on about serving for “God and country,” but as any number of combat studies have proven, that is “pure crap,” to use a traditional military term. Soldiers certainly do enlist for patriotic motives and many of them no doubt have deeply held religious beliefs, but this is not why in the heat of combat they risk their lives. They risk their lives for their fellow soldiers, to not let their comrades down, and to secure the survival of their buddies and themselves by getting the job done as rapidly and brutally as possible.

Broadcasting a feel good puff-piece on religion is all well and good, but perpetuating the nonsense that only religious zealots defend their country is not only offensive but demonstrably wrong. Most Atheists and Agnostics in uniform get stuck with the Army’s famous euphemism of “no religious preference” on their dog tags. But mine simply said “Atheist,” after some initial arguments with my superiors. I am offended by your comments primarily in memory of the silent masses of non believers who did not make it back to object to your treatment of their deeply help beliefs. I believe you and NBC owe them an apology.

Gid L. White

Master Sergeant, United States Army (Ret)

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Posted by: Jared | June 23, 2008

Teach both Theories, and let the kids decide.

TeachbothTheories

A clever comic on the dangers of teaching mythology as science.

The documentary will be released by Lions Gate on Easter 2008. Directed by Larry Charles of “Borat” fame.

The debate will be held in Iowa, Televised on ABC this Sunday morning.

The broadcast times are kind of screwed up(8am Chicago/Los Angeles), (9am NewYork/Dallas), (10am Houston) check this for your: local broadcast time

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Set your TiVo and please Digg this to get the word out.

Posted by: Jared | August 2, 2007

CNN Debate on Koran in Toilet

With the help of Christopher Hitchens

Part I

Part II

Posted by: Jared | July 26, 2007

How the Dollar Bill should look.

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Was the Nazi Party Based on an Atheist, Anti-Christian Ideology?

Myth:
Atheism is more dangerous than religion because atheists like Adolf Hitler killed millions in the name of their atheistic ideologies like Nazism. That’s far more than have been killed in the name of religion.

Response:
A popular image of the Nazis is that they were fundamentally anti-Christian while devout Christians were anti-Nazi. The truth is that German Christians supported the Nazis because they believed that Adolf Hitler was a gift to the German people from God.

Was Adolf Hitler an Atheist?

Adolf Hitler was baptized in a Catholic Church in 1889 and was never be excommunicated or in any other way officially censured by the Catholic Church. Hitler frequently referred to God and Christianity in his various speeches and writings.

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Posted by: Jared | July 15, 2007

Ron Paul speaks at Google’s Campus

Ron Paul speaks and answers some questions.

Posted by: Jared | July 11, 2007

The US map of faith

God&America

Its surprising to see how yellow Florida and the mid-Atlantic states are.

If I had a Nickel for every time I wanted the Dime and Penny to be “Godless” …

June 19, 2007

PHILADELPHIA — It looks like the U.S. Mint has struck again – or not struck again, depending on how you look at it.

New dollar coins featuring John Adams are missing edge inscriptions including “In God We Trust,” according to the Professional Coin Grading Service, a rare coin authentication company based in Newport Beach, Calif.

The company said people have found hundreds of Adams dollar coins without the edge lettering, repeating a previous mistake. In March, an unknown number of George Washington dollar coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint without “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and the year and mint mark inscribed on the edge.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Mint said the agency is looking into the reports.


…I’d have a Quarter, which would be without the praise ‘In God we Trust’, just like the nickel.

Bad attempts at comedy aside, It would be nice to have Godless coins. Its just not as easy to sharpie out the phrase on coin as it is on a dollar bill.

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