Atheists in U.S. military seek official recognition

A small but growing movement complains of religious bias and seeks the same status as Christians, Jews and Muslims.Capt. Ryan Jean wanted to perform well on the Army's psychological evaluation. But he also wanted to answer the questions honestly. So when he was asked whether he believed his life had a lasting purpose, Jean, an atheist, saw no choice but to say no. Full Story »

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Bob Herrschaft
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by Bob Herrschaft - Nov. 16, 2011

The article addresses a personal dilemma, not only for atheists and agnostics,but for all those not affiliated with a specific religion that are in the military.The tendency to instill conformity dominated by Christian fundamentalism is obviously not conducive to individual expression of thought, so it is not surprising that it remains a problem for those who wish to advance their careers in the service.

...as an army draftee back in the sixties, I can remember having to "choose" my religion, counter to my beliefs at that time(and now). I chose"Unitarian" simply out of cowardice as I feared at the time that anything more radical would raise some sergeant's eyebrows and cause me some unwanted trouble.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Nov. 15, 2011

“He basically told me that if I don’t get right with God, then I’m worthless,” said Jean, now an intelligence officer at Ft. Meade. “That if I ... More »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Nov. 15, 2011

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Warrior Wheatman
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by Warrior Wheatman - Nov. 15, 2011

Atheists in uniform feel discriminated against in carreer oppertunities. They would like equal representation for their spritual needs .'Lay-leade'r would be a step to chaplaincy - a chaplaincy that adresses spiritual needs that do not fit organised religions (as opposed to a mental health clinic).

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