So I am in the army and as many of you well know, even though religion is a tabboo subject it is still brought up. I am currently reading God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens and while I was reading it I had it taken from my hand by a fellow soldier who had some nasty comments to say about it. I don't really know where I want to go with this outside of complaining to people that probably know the struggle a little more. I usually don't bring up the fact that I'm athiest but most people already know so they don't talk to me about religion, she apparently did not. She also won't leave me alone, but knowing that my sgt is christian I think it's a little awkward to ask him to make her stop talking to me when he'd probably side with her (just out of the christianity thing).

 Anyway, so far I've kept my mouth shut, outside of ranting on here, but I know there are more like me out there so I leave it to you for suggestions... I'm pretty good at tolerating religion myself even though i despise all premise behind it, but I'm not so good at tolerating it being shoved down my throat like dead pool would shove meatloaf down the throats of helpless vegetarians.

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Comment by Scott on June 18, 2011 at 1:20am

We have a group here. It isn't very active but here it is. http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/foxholeatheists

 

All I can do is recommend that you know the regulations. Like

 600-20

Chapter 4

Military Discipline and Conduct

b. While military discipline is the result of effective training, it is affected by every feature of military life. It ismanifested in individuals and units by cohesion, bonding, and a spirit of teamwork; by smartness of appearance andaction; by cleanliness and maintenance of dress, equipment, and quarters; by deference to seniors and mutual respectbetween senior and subordinate personnel; by the prompt and willing execution of both the letter and the spirit of thelegal orders of their lawful commanders; and by fairness, justice, and equity for all Soldiers, regardless of race,religion, color, gender, and national origin.

 

Just start be telling her to leave you alone. If that doesn't work tell your NCO. If he/she gives you crap or doesn't do anything tell your PLT SGT. If that doesn't work hit up the 1SG. I know it seems like a trouble to crawl up the chain like that. But in the long run if you do those things and get no results then you have basis for actually legal complaints. Normally by the time I make it through the company chain of command I just skip battalion and call the IG or JAG. You aren't required to tell your command you are calling them or seeing them, but it is a courtesy. If you suffer any reprisals from any of these things you have really do have grounds for UCMJ action. If you have problems with the post IG or JAG called up to Group or big Army. I've been under INSCOM for some time now and found that the local IG at bases are useless. So I always call INSCOM IG. 

 

600-20

6–2. Equal opportunity policy

(1) Discrimination. Any action that unlawfully or unjustly results in unequal treatment of persons or groups basedon race, color, gender, national origin, or religion.

 

The most powerful thing you can do is to be informed as to what the Regulations say. I know so many NCOs that vomit up crap that they think is correct but is totally wrong. Just google Army Regulation on/covering/about whatever your issue is and you will find the answer. I'm always happy to help with these things too. Give me a shout if you need anything, even someone to rant to. 

 

Cheers!

Scott

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