I am tired of being in a meeting or brief which includes a prayer. I do not lower my head and I stand there frustrated as they beg the support and protection of God and end in Jeebus' name. This is all too often a feature of any command I report to, and I am getting sick of it.
Anyone else out there in the same boat?
How do you handle it?
I was with 5th Marines and the only time I had problems is when I was working as the embark NCO for my grunt unit (30% of my unit was Atheist or Agnostic). So I had to work with a lot of non-infantry when embark stuff came up and they were amazed that I even existed, they had never met an Atheist before, probably never asked. They pointed me out to everyone that was there that I didn't believe in god, you know, asking why, aren't you afraid of going to hell. It never came into their head to question why they believe, like "Do you believe in talking snakes and unicorns?", "Well no", "They're in the Bible". As I said before, 30% of my unit was Atheist or Agnostic, we were Division Crew Served Weapons competition champs four years in a row and won the Meritorious Unit Citation. If you don't constantly question why your doing something and come up with a good reason for it you can never become better.
Eh, once my unit up in FT Lewis walked a ruck march to donate toys for less fournaute kids which was a good cause but some asshole of an officer, the rank escapes me but he was higher than a CPT, stood in front of the formation and said: "If you are standing here in this formation you believe in a God. I do not care what God but none of you do not. No one who does not believe would be standing here."
I audiably muttered under my breath "Nope, still says Atheist on my dog tags."