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New Study Shows Significant Atheist Military Population

#1  Postby DoctorE » Aug 14, 2012 3:26 pm

A new population study of official Department of Defense records by the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers shows religious preference and chaplain endorsements for all components and branches of the military. Findings show atheists are represented in larger numbers than any non-Christian denomination. “No Religious Preference” is the largest individual selection. The Air Force also admitted that it does not know what organizations are endorsing its chaplains.

As a result of the study, Air Force officials have promised to reform their oversight of chaplain endorsing agencies. There has been no commitment to reaching out to atheists and humanists in the military. Top-level chaplains have declined to address formal outreach MAAF and grass roots development. Humanists have no opportunity to state their religious preference on their official records. Lay leader applications have been pushed aside for over a year. This new demographics study should help to show the growing need for chaplains to support nontheists as well as theists.

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Re: New Study Shows Significant Atheist Military Population

#2  Postby Varangian » Aug 14, 2012 3:59 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChKfoe-RpFk[/youtube]

Maybe this attitude is more prevalent than I thought...
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#3  Postby Weaver » Aug 14, 2012 4:53 pm

Not only are atheists, agnostics and those with "no religious preference" massively under-represented, the military Chaplain's Corps massively over-represents evangelical christians - they make up only about 18% of the military, but well over 60% of the Chaplains.

And, of course, it is those same Chaplains who are the gatekeepers ensuring that minority views aren't properly represented. Damn foxes watching the henhouses.
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#4  Postby Varangian » Aug 14, 2012 5:04 pm

Weaver wrote:And, of course, it is those same Chaplains who are the gatekeepers ensuring that minority views aren't properly represented. Damn foxes watching the henhouses.

I thought it was chickens watching the foxholes...
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#5  Postby Weaver » Aug 14, 2012 5:08 pm

Don't know - I've never seen a Chaplain in a foxhole. Or even near one.
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