Interestingly, LtCol Quinn was apparently one of those stereotypical “atheists in foxholes” — that is, one who seemed to retreat from his atheism in the face of war:
Even Lt Col Quinn admits he has tried talking to god when under pressure – especially when he fought in Iraq. In an interview published in Soldier Magazine he said: “I served on Operation Telic in 2006 and it was a tough tour.
“I found myself praying. It was bizarre, and I wondered why I had done that.”
The UK Guardian‘s Riazat Butt continued her reporting on religion in the British forces in Afghanistan with an article on the UK chaplaincy, which is similar to the chaplaincy in the US military, but with some significant differences. Still, the content of the fairly long article is interesting.
An interesting set of articles in the UK Guardian notes the role of religion in the military in Afghanistan. The articles were written by Riazat Butt, who is reportedly traveling through Afghanistan with Army Chaplains.
The tone of her first article, from the British outpost at Camp Bastion, implies that the majority of British servicemembers eschew religion except for the rituals associated with the loss of a comrade.
Last Wednesday evening, thousands of troops gathered to remember Lt Daniel John Clack…in a 30-minute ceremony that wove together Christian and military liturgy. For many in attendance, the vigils will be their only regular exposure to religion whether on deployment or in Civvy Street.
The memorial monument bears a shining cross made from expended shell casings.