We reported earlier about atheists in the United States Military pushing for positions as Chaplains, another case of how the wants of the minority seem to have priority over the majority. Now the atheists are taking their agenda a step further. Jason Torpy, president of the Military Atheists and Free Thinkers Association and the man pushing to get the military to install the atheist chaplains, told National Public Radio that military officers should not be praying with their men before going out on missions. It seems Torphy felt left out.
NPR: Can you give some examples of where as an atheist, as a humanist, you felt left out?
TORPY: Going on a military mission, for example, we were getting ready to roll out. And ‘Everybody come in.’ So as the commander of this convoy (said), ‘Everybody come in and we’re going to do a prayer first together.’ We’re not going to talk about communications, we’re not going to talk about route planning, we’re not going to talk about first aid, we’re not going to talk about maintenance.
TOPRY: So I had to opt myself out of that situation, to ‘out’ myself because this commander took it upon himself to have a personal religious activity in the midst of a military mission.
NPR: You didn’t participate?
NPR: How did you walk away from that?
TORPY: Well, as a captain, there’s a lot fewer people that can tell me what to do. Now the person that was in command was a major so I was still stepping outside – he was extremely unhappy about it. He said. “Why are you creating trouble?” And I said, “Why are you creating trouble? Why are you excluding me from this activity? This is a military mission, and I support your right to pray, but right this second we have a military mission, and for to use your power to pull everyone in to do a Christian prayer is wrong.”
In the remainder of the interview, Torpy told NPR that chaplains in the military today do not "minister" to troops. but carry out secular "support" roles -- and that atheist chaplains are needed to support humanist soldiers. (continue at CNS)
See the video at CNS and read their article and the comments. Part of Torpy's complaint is that the commander was "dishonoring his military command" by assuming that all his men were Christian and wanted to participate in Christian prayer; that the time spent in prayer could have been better used in planning the mission; and that the First Amendment always prohibits military officers from “imposing” their religion on the job.
Minorities in all areas are trying to force the majority into accepting their beliefs as the norm. Silly me, I always thought the United States of America was supposed to be ruled by the majority.
What say you?