The commander of Alaska's Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force base has caved in to the demands of an atheist cabal that a chaplain be required to remove a personal article from the base's website that hearkens back to President Eisenhower's observation that there are “no atheists in foxholes.”
Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, a chaplain at Elmendorf, recently posted the article, entitled “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II,” to his “Chaplain's Corner” page on the base's website. Ken Klukowski of the Family Research Council recalled that the saying, common among active-duty troops, “is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II,” but “made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: 'I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in foxholes.'”
In his article Reyes observed that everyone “expresses some form of faith every day, whether it is religious or secular. Some express faith by believing when they get up in the morning they will arrive at work in one piece, thankful they have been given another opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the day, or express relief the doctor’s results were negative.”
The rabid atheist group Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) picked up on Reyes' comments as an opportunity for some free media, and quickly contacted the base's commander, Col. Brian Duffy, to complain and demand the removal of Reyes’ “anti-secular diatribe.” According to the group, by using the “bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’” Reyes had “defiled the dignity of service members.”
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