So, has everyone read the latest investigation into Pat Tillman’s death already? I’m appalled at this astonishingly insensitive Christian bigot, Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, who basically slanders Tillman because he was an atheist.
“But there [have] been numerous unfortunate cases of fratricide, and the parents have basically said, ‘OK, it was an unfortunate accident.’ And they let it go. So this is I don’t know, these people have a hard time letting it go. It may be because of their religious beliefs.”
Kauzlarich, now a battalion commanding officer at Fort Riley in Kansas, further suggested the Tillman family’s unhappiness with the findings of past investigations might be because of the absence of a Christian faith in their lives.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Kauzlarich said: “When you die, I mean, there is supposedly a better life, right? Well, if you are an atheist and you don’t believe in anything, if you die, what is there to go to? Nothing. You are worm dirt. So for their son to die for nothing, and now he is no more that is pretty hard to get your head around that. So I don’t know how an atheist thinks. I can only imagine that that would be pretty tough.”
Asked by ESPN.com whether the Tillmans’ religious beliefs are a factor in the ongoing investigation, Kauzlarich said, “I think so. There is not a whole lot of trust in the system or faith in the system [by the Tillmans]. So that is my personal opinion, knowing what I know.”
Huh. So, next time I’m at a Christian funeral, it’s OK if I go up to the bereaved family and suggest that they should have an easy time letting go since they’re religious, and their faith will make them happy, and they’re so lucky since they have it easier than us atheist worm dirt, and hey, it’s a good thing their gullibility will allow them to trust the system?
I think even I can tell that that is the kind of thing only an insensitive jerk would say. It’s OK If You Are Christian, though!
And isn’t he just the perfect person to have been in charge of the investigation?
Kauzlarich, now 40, was the Ranger regiment executive officer in Afghanistan, making him ultimately responsible for the conduct of the fateful operation in which Pat Tillman died. Kauzlarich later played a role in writing the recommendation for the posthumous Silver Star. And finally, with his fingerprints already all over many of the hot-button issues, including the question of who ordered the platoon to be split as it dragged a disabled Humvee through the mountains, Kauzlarich conducted the first official Army investigation into Tillman’s death.
One useful thing about all this is that we atheists are going to be able to make the case, if a draft is ever reinstated, that we wouldn’t be able to trust our fellow soldiers to refrain from killing us, and that we therefore must have a deferment. I know I would never allow any of my kids to go off to a war where they can’t rely on the raving religious fanatics around them…and commanding them.