Military Atheists Target Support for Wounded Warriors
In his zeal to attack all things Christian in the military, Justin Griffith — the Army Sergeant made famous by his organization of Rock Beyond Belief at Fort Bragg — once harassed the wives of deployed Fort Bragg soldiers. Even when he realized he’d made an error — he’d thought he was criticizing the soldiers themselves, as if that’s better — he never publicly apologized.
Now, it seems he’s after the support provided to wounded warriors.
Griffith recently announced a second atheist event would be held at Camp Pendleton — apparently only because the Christian hordes were invading:
It’s like Harold Camping has taken over a military base, one unit at a time…
HLMA prayer breakfast event on 5 May 2012.
1st Intel Battalion event on 13 April 2012.
Christian concert feat. headliner MercyMe on Edson Range on 26 June 2011.
We feel that no organizations (atheist included) should have festivals and events on this scale…Nobody else ever asks for massive support. It’s always the evangelicals…So they get away with murder…
To be clear, a local church outreach providing free support to troops is evangelicals getting away with murder? Someone has a complex.
Let’s take a look at that. How about that MercyMe concert in 2011? The atheists would have you believe it was a secret attempt by Christians to take over the world, so naturally the DoD put out a press release about it:
Weapons and Field Training Battalion hosted a dinner and concert for the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Edson Range here…The event…was funded by the Armor of Light Baptist Church to show appreciation to the wounded warriors and lift their spirits with music.
“This [event] gives the Wounded Warriors Battalion, families of the command and recruits the opportunity to relax and reflect,” said Col. Christopher Dowling, commanding officer, WFTBn.
The military atheists are objecting to a free concert for wounded warriors, apparently for no other reason than it was Christian. The wounded warriors seemed to like it:
“Events like this make you realize you’re not the only Christian in the Marine Corps, and gives us a chance to bond with fellow wounded warriors,” said Cpl. Logan Stovall, WWBn. patient. “This brings up morale and makes you feel good.”
If Justin Griffith had his way, wounded Marine Cpl Stovall wouldn’t be allowed to have his morale raised by a band such as MercyMe. That’s pretty cold, even for the same military atheists who harassed the wives of troops deployed to Afghanistan not long ago. They’re staying classy and supporting the troops…
Interestingly, Griffith and his supporters had indicated there wouldn’t be a second concert — because there was no Christian event to which to respond. Only after a local Marine complained about the Christian church’s events at Camp Pendleton did Griffith indicate a Rock Beyond Belief 2 was in the works. (Notably, they’re announcing and scheduling the event long before it has been approved.)
In other words, military atheists have validated the belief that atheists have no independent thought: they freely admit they are nothing more than a response to religion. They are merely an asterisk on Christianity.
In this case, they’ve even admitted their objective isn’t to celebrate their own beliefs — its to make Christian events so politically unpalatable no one will touch them. They’re not fighting for their own freedom; they’re fighting against the freedoms of Christians in the military, even if they’re spouses of deployed soldiers or troops trying to recover from their combat wounds.
Rock Beyond Belief at Fort Bragg was met by a collective shrug by most of the Christian community (judging by the small attendance, it was shrugged off by most atheists as well). While it was criticized for some of its content, no mainstream group or critic called for it to be canceled. Perhaps the US military can look forward to the day Justin Griffith and other military atheists likewise let Christian concerts occur without manufacturing a scandalous affair and trying to ban them.
The fact that the US military hosts far more secular concerts and related events than ones by “spiritual” groups seems to escape Griffith (unless he’s going to claim Kid Rock, the Lt Dan Band, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and the host of other concerts and events on military facilities are all Christian). Griffith doesn’t really think no organizations should be able to have “events of this scale,” otherwise he’d have a lot more events to take on. He just doesn’t want religious groups to be able to provide support for the troops.
It just wouldn’t do for the military atheists to allow their fellow troops to celebrate their religious beliefs.