2nd January 2014

“I have witnessed first hand how [US military] service members who are openly non-theist have been harassed by their commanders, leaders, and peers, and have been disrespected by their subordinates for failing to hold certain religious beliefs.”

Kathleen Johnson

4 Responses to “2nd January 2014”

  1. Paul Silvan Says:

    The marines talk about lack of moral compass in atheists, yet a Christian can be forgiven for ANY sin no matter how heinous by simply repenting through prayer. This gives one carte blanche to commit any felony and still enjoy a blissful and eternal afterlife no matter his or her ability to distinguish right from wrong. Is not a “moral compass” based upon ones OWN ability to differentiate right from wrong, stronger than one forced by threat of eternal punishment and the possibility of being completely forgiven?

  2. R J Says:

    to paul silvan…………..

    the answer to your question is, of course, yes.

    but the implication is that the person is capable of
    A) critical thinking…..and
    B) critical judgement…….

    and those abilities seem to become rarer to find in todays world .

  3. The Heretic Says:

    I never witnessed any such bias in the Marines.

  4. Jeff Says:

    The problem with the Corps is somewhat recent, in that it has fallen under the spell of a Mormon author whose books, while quite good on leadership traits and skills, and quite devoid of religion, has been invited to speak to large segments of the officer corps on these and any other subjects which happen to come up. The current tactical training methods and goals are all a part of the book, which is REQUIRED reading for the entire officer corps. The book is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and the primary problem with the use to which the Marines put is is that Ender was involved in a war of annihilation, something the Marines cannot be involved in by international law. I think you can see why this is not good for the corps.

    By the way, did you hear about the comments of an Army officer when Pat Tillman died. Because of his atheism, he referred to Tillman as “nothing but worm food” on a Christian radio broadcast.