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July 3, 2017

Religious discrimination in the military | Secular Coalition for America

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, News, Religion — Scottie @ 12:22

A 2004 report on religious preferences of military personnel conducted by the Population Reference Bureau found that 21% of service members identified as Atheists or as having ―no religion.(1) The report also revealed that 35% identified as Protestants, 22% as Catholic/Orthodox, 11% as ―Other Christian‖ and less than .5% as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu. Despite data indicating that one-out-of-five U.S. service members identify as ―atheist‖ or as ―having no religion, nontheists serving in the armed services are frequent victims of religious discrimination and coercive proselytizing.

The problem of coercive proselytizing in the military came into public view in 2005 when a report(2) was released showing that officers, faculty and cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs promoted evangelical Christian beliefs and displayed insensitivity towards and harassed cadets who practiced a different religion or who chose to practice no religion at all.(3)

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Source: Religious discrimination in the military | Secular Coalition for America


  1. Hi Scottie;
    Heading out to mow a lawn, but reading this article has me thinking on something: Religion is a set of beliefs, traditions, be it a religion of ideas like Buddhism or one that is ‘god based’ like Christianity. Declaring oneself of a religion conveys a certain amount of information. But, these labels are fairly skewed now, aren’t they? In the above article, what did it mean to say you were religious and even Christian if you acted the exact opposite?


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    Comment by Randy — July 3, 2017 @ 13:45

    • Great thought Randy. I wish I had an answer. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — July 3, 2017 @ 13:46

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