23% of American military personnel classify themselves as having no religious beliefs, but they have been deemed completely irrelevant by every single Republican in the House, which voted down an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to allow atheist/humanist chaplains in the military.
Category Archive: Military
Jun 18 2013
Jun 10 2013
For the last couple years, some atheist and humanist groups have been pushing for the appointment of humanist chaplains in the military, but military rules don’t allow that because it’s not a religion. An amendment has now been submitted in Congress to change that, but some conservative legislators don’t like that idea at all.
May 31 2013
Over the Memorial Day weekend, Jamie Malanowski raised an issue I’d never thought about in a New York Times op-ed piece arguing that military bases named after Confederate leaders should be renamed. And there are a whole bunch of them other than the obvious one, Fort Lee.
May 30 2013
For the second time that I know of in my lifetime, a prominent conservative is calling for his fellow right wingers to not join the military and to refuse to re-enlist if they’re already in. Why? Because the military no longer discriminates against gay people.
May 16 2013
As the Christian right continues its hysterical freakout over the Pentagon’s non-existent policy of court-martialing any soldier who utters the word “God” in the presence of another person, this may be the silliest story of all. The Worldnutdaily is asking questions:
May 10 2013
With the entirely fictitious claim that the Pentagon is going to court-martial soldiers merely for sharing their faith becoming a mantra on the right, the Liberty Institute, a third tier religious right legal group at best, is seizing on this as a way to get attention and raise funds. And the Worldnutdaily is helping with …
May 06 2013
That’s the latest freakout from the usual suspects (Todd Starnes, Breitbart, etc), the claim that a new policy on proselytizing is going to lead to the military court martialing anyone who expresses their Christianity. Like every other freakout they have, it’s total nonsense. Here are the actual regulations from the Air Force:
May 06 2013
Ted Nugent and Alex Jones — there’s a match made in whackjob heaven. Nugent went on Jones’ show the other day and made the outlandish and totally unsupported claim that the high suicide rate among veterans is due to Obama violating the constitution so much.
Apr 26 2013
The Army has put out instructions that Bible verses etched into scopes on military rifles by the company that produces them be removed. Todd Starnes, who is paid by Fox News to turn every molehill he finds into a mountain, is predictably outraged.
Apr 14 2013
Glenn Greenwald has done a great job of critiquing the National Security State in print and Robert Greenwald (no relation as far as I know) has a new documentary out called War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Steven Rosenfeld discusses the documentary on AlterNet.
Mar 25 2013
David Corn draws attention to an NPR interview with Richard Perle, who looks — and acts — like a neo-con sith lord and was one of the architects of the invasion of Iraq. And despite the fact that he was wrong about absolutely everything, he refuses to even entertain the obvious question:
Mar 22 2013
I know, it’s hardly a revelation that the Bush administration, especially Dick Cheney, distorted the assessments of the intelligence community in order to build a dishonest case for war in Iraq. But one of the members of the CIA team that briefed Cheney on the subject just wrote an article for Wired about her experiences. …
Mar 22 2013
On the 10th anniversary of our invasion of Iraq, it’s certainly worth looking back to see some of the statements made by supporters of that invasion before it began. Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush and many others weren’t just wrong, they had invented their own alternate reality that wasn’t even close. Radley Balko offered …
Mar 21 2013
Paul Wolfowitz, probably the most important driving force behind the invasion of Iraq in 2003, is finally admitting that they may have made some mistakes. But he still thinks it was all worth it and that it would have been far worse if we’d let Saddam Hussein stay in power.
Mar 21 2013
Ten years after we invaded Iraq, it’s worth examining how the decision to invade became a matter of bipartisan consensus at the time. We like to think that it was just Bush and the neo-cons who wanted it, but nearly all the leading lights of the Democratic party supported it too, including both Clintons. John …