Charles Hamilton 
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Re: “'I'm done with him'

@Colonel Dave Hughes:

You say that you're sick of *us* trying to force *our* dictates, but you are the one who sees no problem with atheists being "marched" to the chapel every Sunday. This is the problem with people like you; you regard your beliefs as the only "right" way -- screw anyone else who might not view the world through your extremely narrow perspective. The MRFF exists because of people like you; people who think that Christian indoctrination, unwelcome proselytizing, and persecution of people who don't see things your way is in no way an example of religious bias but instead "how things should be". Anyone with a functional grasp of history can figure out why you think like this -- you and your generation are a product of Cold War fearmongering -- you equate non-religion with Soviet-style Communism. Your generation was responsible for things like "The House Un-American Activities Committee"; inserting "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance -- an oath that for 62 years was completely "godless"; and, most importantly, your generation presided over the rise of political Christian Fundamentalism. Your generation was responsible for creating the majority of what we now call revisionist history -- myths; bullshit that you used to justify your persecution of people who didn't see the world in the same exact way that you did. "America is a Christian Nation"; "Separation of Church and State is a lie"; and my personal favorite; the idea that there existed a "golden age" of Christianity in the early history of the U.S. where the majority were pious believers. As I said, all of these are complete bullshit -- the U.S. was never and still is not a theocracy; our government, in spite of people like you remains secular. Separation of Church and State is built right into the Constitution. And this religion obsession amongst the citizenry is actually quite new -- the population of the U.S. is more (ostensibly) "Christian" now than in any time in its history -- and yet, you don't have to look far to find a Christian whining about being in the minority; being persecuted by secularism; and warning about dire consequences if the U.S. doesn't "return to god" soon. It's hilarious because if you review the history of the religiosity of the U.S. and compare it to the number of messes we have gotten ourselves into as a nation -- you can plainly see that the *more* religious the U.S. has become, the *more* fractured, divided, chaotic, dishonest, criminal, etc. our nation has become. Logically, we can draw from this that a lack of religion is not on today's list of problems the U.S. is facing; instead; mo' religion, mo' problems. Thankfully, a good portion of us who were born to the generations after yours have managed to evolve better bullshit detectors. We also have history as a guide -- hopefully one day we will be able to prevent ourselves from making the same mistakes that your generation did.

Posted by Charles Hamilton on 08/24/2011 at 6:56 AM

Re: “'I'm done with him'

Former Soldier (SGT / U.S. Army) and Iraq War vet here.

I'm a longtime supporter of the MRFF and I'd just like to start by thanking them for everything they've done and everything they continue to do. Also, I'd like to thank Pam Zubeck for publishing this article. Christian extremism in the military is very dangerous. When our leaders' only loyalty is to their chosen version of bronze-age myths, how can they lead a military that is supposed to defend the Sovereignty of the United States and the freedom of ALL it's citizens?

I can't speak to what's going on at the USAFA, but I would like to say a few words about religious extremism with regard to the Armed Forces of the United States (the Army in particular). My experience in the Army tells me that the entire chain of command has been infiltrated by Dominionists and Fundamentalists. These "Christians" envision a "Christian Army" -- anyone who can't be converted will be alienated, discriminated against, and harassed. I saw it happen and I experienced it myself during my six years served. Even most of the religious moderates in the Army tacitly support this extremism simply because they never have and probably never will speak out against it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that these very same Fundamentalists are most often huge fans of "rapture theology" -- the idea that Armageddon is near. These are absolutely NOT the people whom should be trusted with nuclear launch codes or anywhere near our weapons of mass destruction. To allow this is suicidal.

Anyway, I wrote a summary of my time in the Army and my thoughts on this subject here:

http://nefaria.com/2009/05/religion-and-th…

Please read it if you get the chance.

Thanks!

Posted by Charles Hamilton on 08/19/2011 at 10:48 AM

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