Atheists Misrepresent Military Religious Data. Again.
In what has become standard practice for atheists trying to inflate their numbers, the Freedom From Religion Foundation ran an ad in USA Today’s Year in Defense claiming nearly a quarter of the US military is “not religious” [emphasis added]:
Proselytizing officers got you down? Annoyed by preaching chaplain emails? Frustrated by prayer at mandatory events? Tripping over bibles with every about face? If you’re one of the 23.4%* of the U.S. military who is not religious, join the ranks of America’s largest non-prophet nonprofit…
As previously noted, atheists who take pride in their “skepticism” and reliance upon demonstrable data over mere belief have been very quick to express their belief in the report from the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers that initiated the 23.4% number — despite the fact the data does not support the conclusion.
The asterisk in the ad leads to a small-font footnote citing the MAAF’s 2010 assessment that
23.4% of all military personnel identified as atheist, agnostic, or no religious preference…
As has been discussed multiple times since that report came out, declared “nontheists” accounted for only 0.5% of that number; the remaining 22.9% expressed “no religious preference.” NRP may mean many things, but one can no more definitively say NRP is “not religious,” as the FFRF did, any more than one can say someone who has “no fast food preference” doesn’t like McDonalds. The Fort Hood shooter, then-US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, had “no religious preference” in his records. Are atheists really trying to use the man who yelled allahu ackbar and massacred his comrades to bolster their credibility?
These atheists are so desperate to improve their social status by padding their numbers — 23.4% apparently sounds a lot more “legitimate” than 0.5% — that they’re willing to be less than totally truthful, even after they’ve had their misrepresentations pointed out here and the halls of the US Congress.
Why the sudden interest from the FFRF in the US armed forces, when they claim only 5,000 of their 21,000 members are veterans or military? Perhaps they’ve seen how profitable its been for Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, who claims 40,000 ill-defined “clients” — and a nearly $300,000 salary.