A military chaplain whose essay about the origin of the phrase “there are no atheists in foxholes” was yanked from his base’s website last month after atheist complaints has apparently struck a blow for free speech.
The essay “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II” by Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes was republished to the website of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, after the base commander and higher ups reviewed the complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a far-Left atheist group whose leader, Mikey Weinstein has called the preaching of Christianity “spiritual rape” and treason.
The essay was originally pulled after Blake Page of the MRFF, claiming to write on behalf of 42 airmen, sent a letter to the base commander accusing Reyes of publishing an “anti-secular diatribe” that discussed a “bigoted, religious supremacist” stereotype.
Page’s letter, which was far longer than the original essay, was dripping with innuendo, straw-man arguments, misrepresentations and false conclusions, but it was enough to do the job that MRFF wanted and shut down non-atheist discussion on the base website, while garnering a hasty email apology from the base commander.
However, since the MRFF’s religious bigotry and the suppression of Christians’ freedom of speech became publicly known, the military command has apparently had a change of heart. The “Chaplains Corner” feature, where the article appeared, has returned.
Base commander Col. Brian Duffy wrote on the website, “We believe this new approach, taken in consultation with our higher headquarters, appropriately balances constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs with the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion.”
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It’s a simple solution, and the one that should have been applied in the first place.
Weinstein and the MRFF have not been heard from at this writing.
If atheists want respect, they need to start giving some. They can start by coming clean and admitting that they are a religion like any other and stop trying to wheedle special privileges out of government any time Christians “offend” their “nonreligious” non-sensibilities.