[FoRK] South Carolina Atheists, Christian Military, and "Dumbutt Texas"

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 07:52:06 PDT 2009

"True" South Carolinians know on whom to blame the North Myrtle Beach fires:

On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:

> http://harpers.org/archive/2009/05/0082488
> http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/press-releases/harpers_blast.html
> Older: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion/220960
> http://rackjite.com/archives/3324-South-Carolina-Atheist-Movement-Growing-Strong.html
> South Carolina Atheist Movement Growing Strong
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> Monday, April 27. 2009
> South Carolina Atheist Movement Growing Strong
> Of all places, South Carolina is experiencing a public relations boon for
> atheists. Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry recently put up a large
> billboard exclaiming "Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone". The sign was
> in response to the South Carolina Legislature passing a law allowing State
> sponsored Christian license plates.
> Instead of the expected angst, the group had to find a larger venue for its
> meetings as hundreds crowded outside the doors of the small meeting room.
> South Carolina Atheists Growing NYT
> Over the past 20 years the number of people claiming no religion has
> doubled, from 7% in 1990 to 15% in 2008. It is the tip of an iceberg of
> millions of Americans who are afraid - for many reasons - to admit they are
> unable to swallow the Kool Aid.
> If one were to include those millions along with the tens of millions
> looking for an organized religion void of ignorance and intolerance it could
> very well become the majority coalition in America. A new religion, for
> after all, Unitarian Universalist churches are filled with boring people who
> read books and talk about stuff and just don't have the room. The Kick!
> Religion Page
> But I have a warning which I hope I can explain by turning on the wayback
> machine.
> It was the day I reported for duty after being drafted, before the train
> ride to Missouri for Basic Training. I was in a large room with others
> filling out the last series of forms. One of these was for Dog Tags, the
> last line of which asked for my religion. My answer would then be stamped
> into the steel I would wearing around my neck for the next few years. I put
> "n/a."
> A few minutes after I had turned it in, an aging bald man with lots of
> yellow stripes on his arm (I later learned that the yellow stripes did not
> mean cowardly as one would think, but that he was a First Sergeant) pulled
> up a chair next to me and asked what religion my parents were.
> I answered "Catholic."
> He advised we put "Roman Catholic" in that field.
> "No", we replied. He shook his head and made his pitch.
> "Listen kid, you are going to Missouri, you are a Yankee who will soon be
> housed with so many Southern Crackers there won't be enough cheese in the
> world to make it palatable. If they get wind of your cute little "n/a"
> there, you will soon learn what a "blanket party" is. [This was well before
> the movie Full Metal Jacket so I needed that explained.]
> I still balked on the free expression issue.
> The 1st Sergeant went on. "Where do you think you will end up kid? You want
> to ensure that Vietnam is your final destination? Then let it be known in
> combat that you are an atheist. You know the old saying? 'There are no
> atheists in a fox hole?' Well that's only true because well meaning
> Christians shoot all the atheists in foxholes."
> I was still having trouble believing him.
> He went on, "I can assure you that one Southern Christian Boy or another
> will frag your butt if word gets out that the Yankee from Wisconsin is an
> Atheist. Especially if you are in a leadership position. His explanation
> that "frag" meant shoot your own guys in the back during combat and no one
> would ever know, registered as logical to me.
> I acquiesced and added "Roman Catholic" to the form.
> I had been somewhat of a wiseass is high school with a barely "C" average
> and working in a factory when I was drafted. I was not a week into Basic
> Training when I was pegged for Officer Training School, assigned as platoon
> leader, and was called Einstein by my drill sergeant.
> That experience was repeated 30 years ago when I moved to Texas. Overnight
> my IQ rose 50 points. Relatively speaking.
> I am still not quite sure if that boost to the ego compensated for the
> thirty years I have been banging my head on the table in disbelief of just
> about everything that happens down here in Dumbutt.
> This month my lumps are regards the 31 to nothing Senate vote FOR guns in
> schools! Texas and the NRA to Arm College Students to Make Keg Parties more
> Fun
> Posted by Rack Jite in Religious Truthiness
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