It’s the time of year for lists and summaries, and various sites and groups are compiling their “best of” and “mostest” lists for 2012. Consistent with last year’s apparent trend, issues of religion and the military seem to have largely fallen from the visibility they once had. For example, BJC online lists their “Top Religious Stories of 2012” — not one of which references the military. Likewise the Christian Post. The Religion Clause and the Stars and Stripes lists both made only one relevant reference, to the much delayed Fort Hood massacre trial.
Curious as to what others were reading here this year? The Top 10 most-read stories on ChristianFighterPilot.com for 2012 are probably mostly predictable, with a few outliers:
10. Military Atheists Demand West Point Disinvite General Boykin
9. General Says Air Force Did Not Fault Crash Pilot, Despite Report
8. LtGen Ronnie Hawkins Berated for God in Commander’s Call
7. Air Force Atheists Report ChristianFighterPilot.com as Hate Speech
6. USAF Flight Screening Program Flies 100,000 Sorties
5. Military EOD School Told to Remove Motto
4. Chaplains Offer Guidance on God and War
3. Atheist Gets Secretive Agency to Change Motto
2. Chaplain on Combat and Eternity
1. Fort Bragg to Host Anti-Religion Band at Atheist Rock Beyond Belief
Atheism and public religious expression seems to be a recurring theme. As has been the case in years past, while this list may seem to indicate a focus on certain issues of religious controversy in the military, it is noteworthy that while these were the most read current events stories on this site, they were not necessarily the most sought after information.
For example, Fighter Pilot Speak remains one of the major draws to this site. Of the many search terms that brought people to ChristianFighterPilot.com, only 3 in the top 25 had anything to do with religion.
One thing that is interesting, though, is that in 2012 a significant number of people searched for the MRFF — and found ChristianFighterPilot.com. That may be one reason Michael Weinstein seems to have been filled with such angst over the activities of what he once claimed was nothing more than a “tiny blog.”