Monday, April 28, 2008

Athiests in Foxholes

Here's a poor guy putting in on the line in Iraq and getting shit for his religious beliefs.

He doesn't believe in god, what nerve! It's unamerican!

Here's how it went, "It eventually came out in Iraq in 2007, when he was in a firefight. Hall was a gunner on a Humvee, which took several bullets in its protective shield. Afterward, his commander asked whether he believed in God, Hall said.

"I said, 'No, but I believe in Plexiglas,' " Hall said. "I've never believed I was going to a happy place. You get one life. When I die, I'm worm food."

The issue came to a head when, according to Hall, a superior officer, Maj. Freddy J. Welborn, threatened to bring charges against him for trying to hold a meeting of atheists in Iraq. Welborn has denied Hall's allegations."

Real enemy-of-the-state stuff, eh?

When I got to Navy boot camp they asked us our religions for our dog-tags. I told the guy, oh, just put "no preference." He told me that everybody in boot-camp had a religion, including me, now what is it. I considered it and offered, "Buddhist," which at the time actually was a flippant answer, now not so much so. He responded, "that's not one of the choices, it's either Catholic, Protestant or Jewish. I'm putting you down as a protestant, you're protesting something."



Terrific entry! I particularly liked the 'I believe in Plexiglass' phrase..........

I'll continue reading. Diane

Anonymous said...

I went jogging this morning. I still resent not being put on the sprint team with all the black kids in HS. I have since been explained the difference between white muscles and black muscles and how it is not in any way cool to put a white kid on the sprint team. But that was then, now I'm in charge so I work out like a sprinter. If only I could wake up at the crack of dawn and get outside before the sky reverts to it's magnifying glass tactics, burning us all to shriveled little black dots like fried ants. Living I suppose will suffice.

Anonymous said...

and yet another reason not to join the army. I personally have a belief system that includes god. but I also reel in terror at the thought of being in a room with anyone who thinks men walked with dinosaurs or even utterly destitute minorities who think "God" wants them to have 8 children or else why would she be preggers again? If given a choice I'd choose the latter. At least I can help care for the youth.

fred c said...

It's not only the religious differences in the service, it's the cultural stuff too. I was playing Jimi Hendrix's first album and two guys came in and listened for a minute or two. "What's that he's playing?" "A guitar." "Don't fuck with me, boy, I know what a guitar sounds like."