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No Atheists In Foxholes

Someone just dropped this off by my house for me to read.

Editorial Reviews

Experience gripping wartime stories and honest prayers by this Camp David chaplain now serving in Iraq. When words mean less and less, but money talks more and more; when blasphemy is a best seller, and eternal war has replaced hopeful diplomacy; in times like these is prayer even possible? Patrick J. McLaughlin thinks so. McLaughlin is an active duty Navy Chaplain who has ministered to heads of state and to soldiers living and dying in the heat of Iraq.

No Atheists in Foxholes assembles Chaplain McLaughlin’s experiences and prayers from e-mails, private notes, and personal conversations that take us real-time into realms of duty and spirit: from the quiet darkness of his infant son’s New England bedroom on September 11, 2001, to the bomshelled medical tents and blistered Army Humvees of Anbar Province. Chaplain McLaughlin believes that prayer is not only possible, but critical. “We must all learn to pray for peace,” he says, “and then become an answer to that prayer.”

I’ve only scanned the book and focused on a few small parts.  However, my friend found it – a bit disdaining based on the lack of respect given to the Atheists who have fought for our country.  Little attention was given to the Atheist who went in the foxhole as an Atheist and came out the same – an atheist.  Meaning everyone in a time of crisis or fear does not turn to a God.

Like I said I’ve not read the book I’ve only had it in my possession a few minutes, but hopefully it will prove itself a good read.



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Atheism as a cover for racism

I found this over at euraktiva’s blog.

The question proposed — Is this a part of a growing phenomenon — Religion being used a subtle code for race?

Islamophobia Watch – Home – Atheism as a cover for racism.


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VIDEO: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Religious Liberty

The more things change the more they stay the same, meaning….

A presidential candidates religious choice and practice has always been an issue dating back to the 60’s.

It’s Time To Pass The Torch Obama 08

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Amish Farmers sentenced to Jail in Outhouse Dispute

Two Amish farmers who said their religious convictions prevent them from operating outhouses in compliance with state sewage laws were sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail after turning down an offer to do community service.

“I guess I have to keep with my religion,” Swartzentruber said, leaning over at times during the hearing and rubbing his forehead. “I’m going to stay with my religion.”

full story at Centre Daily Local News.


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Red Alert! Fist Bumps and Terrorists, Beware!

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An Internet search for terms “fist bump,” “pound,” “dap,” and “bumping fists” has revealed images of numerous athletes, celebrities, and politicians performing the same social gesticulation. Does Fox think any of the following might be terrorists?

Jealousy is so unattractive!

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So The Pledge of Allegiance was altered?

I found this bit of historical information of great interest….

A Baptist Minister, by the name of Francis Bellamy wrote and authored the original Pledge back in 1892. Bellamy was also a Christian Socialist.  Christian socialism, “refers to those on the Christian left whose politics are both Christian and socialist and who see these two things as being interconnected.”

In 1892 Francis Bellamy was also a chairman of a committee of state superintendents of education in the National Education Association. As its chairman, he prepared the program for the public schools’ quadricentennial celebration for Columbus Day in 1892. He structured this public school program around a flag raising ceremony and a flag salute – his ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’

His original Pledge read as follows: ‘I pledge allegiance to my Flag and (to*) the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ He considered placing the word, ‘equality,’ in his Pledge, but knew that the state superintendents of education on his committee were against equality for women and African Americans. [ * ‘to’ added in October, 1892. ]


In 1954, Congress after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, added the words, ‘under God,’ to the Pledge. The Pledge was now both a patriotic oath and a public prayer.

So, Francis Bellamy intentionally left out the words, ‘In God We Trust’.  And, man came along and reedited too fit their own needs — that’s interesting — and it says, a lot — speaking loudly in volumes — as to what else has been rewritten to alter and change its meaning – as a form of mind control and/or religious belief?

The Pledge of Allegiance A Short History.

Exposed!: Unmasking the Agenda of the Radical Religious Right: Dismantling the Constitution of the United States of America.


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In Saudi Use God’s Name In Vain Get Your Head Cut Off

Now, that’s enough to really make you want to love and worship ‘God’….

Sabri Bogday, a Turk who is a barber has been in jail for just a little over a year. His only crime using God’s name in vain, while he argued with his neighbor. Doesn’t this give you a new spin on ‘Love Thy Neighbor’?

Bogday is hoping for an appeal on his sentence.

Unfortunately, this is the very court that recently sentenced a rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in prison, because she was in a car with a man that wasn’t her kin. And they both were attacked by knife point. This is the very court that will publicly behead someone for rape murder and heresy.

I can’t believe I’m reporting something so barbaric and cruel – but it’s all done in the name of the Most High – God.

you can finish reading it at the Los Angeles Times.

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