Pat Tillman, the football star who left a multimillion dollar NFL career to join the military, and was later killed by friendly fire, was a hard core atheist.
He was not a "dumb jock" by any measure. This guy was very well read for his age (26) and an intellectual at an extraodinarily high level. He read the Bible, the Koran as well as The Book of Mormon. He read all the great philosophers and the greek classics. He was an avid history buff, including military history. He was a follower of Noam Chomsky and actually had a personal meeting planned with Chomsky before he was killed. This guy had an incredible intellect.
In addition to his intellect, Tillman was a man's man. He was tougher than nails, smarter than smart, and as competitive as they come. He would also do just about anything for just about anybody.
His death, by friendly fire, was tragic and unneccessary. The subsequent coverup attempt was pathetic and dishonored Tillman's life and death. If you didn't have enough reasons to despise Bush, Rumsfield and co, this story will provide you with even more.
Tillman's story is out in a new film titled "The Tillman Story". I'd highly recommend it.
There is also a book by Jon Krakauer (also an atheist and an incredible author): "Where Men Win Glory: The Oddssey of Pat Tillman"
btw, Krauker also wrote "Under the Banner of Heaven", which should be on every atheists reading list
I saw the DVD The Tillman Story. So it goes there was a memo to 'watch' him...
from the über xtian lover of all profits Donald (I don't sit at my desk) Rumsfeld.
Vendettas are how they get their way, those of ill will.