Location: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, at 11:00 am.

Speaker: Jason Torpy, President, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers

Date / Time: Sunday, May 24, 11:00 am

Nontheists suffer the same ethical dilemmas as other service members. We consider the ethics of orders received from our direct superiors and our civilian leaders in government. Nontheists have additional difficulty for two primary reasons. First, we lack the helpful guidance of chaplains, who are simply not equipped and in some cases not inclined to provide morale support to nontheists. Second, the overt theistic religiosity of our commanders at all levels makes it very difficult for us to serve with a clear conscience without feeling as if we are perpetuating a theocratic regime.

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A military of some sort is necessary for any nation. It is better to have moral, conscientious soldiers and leaders who know to use deadly force only as a last resort, rather than gung-ho sadists or fundamentalists.

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