December 4, 2007

Atheists in the Military

Atheists living in America are well aware of the hostile attitudes with which our neighbors regard us. Those of us living in the more conservative regions may be reminded of this on a near daily basis. But our plight pales in comparison to the brave men and women serving in America's armed forces. They face a system which has long been attractive to civilian Christian extremists looking to expand their influence. Moreover, according to what the American public regularly hears from the mainstream media, they belong to a group which does not actually exist: foxhole atheists.

The intent of this post is not to rail against anti-atheist discrimination, the success with which Christian extremists have infiltrated the American military, or even to point out that the regular denial of foxhole atheists is a slap in the face to the brave soldiers and marines who are trying to do their part for America. Rather, I simply want to remind everyone about Operation Foxhole Atheists, an effort to support military atheists.

Regardless of your personal feelings about America's various wars, I think you'll agree that foxhole atheists are in an unenviable position. Operation Foxhole Atheists provides us with an opportunity to tell these brave atheists that we are aware of them and to offer our support. To learn more about Operation Foxhole Atheists and what you can do to help, visit them on the web.

Finally, I'd like to extend my thanks to Blair Scott, the Alabama State Director of American Atheists for his tireless efforts to promote this important cause.

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