Speaking of lawsuits, an atheist soldier is suing the military over its promotion of religion in the ranks and among civilians it encounters:

An atheist soldier suing over prayers at military formations claims a larger pattern of religious discrimination exists in the military, citing attempts to convert Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan and an evangelical bias in a suicide prevention manual. …

The revised lawsuit criticizes the Army’s 2008 manual on suicide prevention, quoting it as promoting “religiosity” as a necessary part of prevention and describing “connectivity to the divine” as “fundamental.”

The lawsuit cites comments from a chaplain and a second soldier in Christian missionary publications about attempts to convert Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the two soldiers’ desire to distribute Bibles.

Way to go, Pentagon. Tell a soldier who’s suicidal that s/he just needs to “get religion.” That’s so helpful. Oh, and while you’re in a country where a lot of people don’t like you or the US, by all means, proselytize them! That does wonders.


Proselytizing in the military even reached a point of absurdity, according to the suit:

The lawsuit also notes that in 2007, the Air Force sponsored “Team Faith,” which performs motocross stunt shows to “lead extreme sports athletes to Christ.”

I’m not clear as to exactly how motocross stunts have anything to do with Jesus … but I guess that’s not something the Pentagon is concerned about.

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