posted on Aug, 21 2010 @ 09:47 PM
It appears that the several military/former military members who have posted here debunking the spin on this story haven't gotten their point across
yet. So I will add my take, having spent 10 years on Army active duty and another 10 years in the Reserves.
First, no one is forced to go to religious events in the armed forces. NEVER! Doesn't happen, and anyone who tries telling you otherwise is lying to
Having said that, I will acknowledge that there are religious persons in the military that try to encourage others to their point of view. But that's
not a crime, is it? Just the same as someone might try to persuade another to listen to Country or Rap, or support Health Care, or Close the Borders.
The military is a microcosm of the nation itself, so it shouldn't surprise someone that there are various viewpoints, and that some try to convert
others to theirs - religious or not.
What Private Smith is doing, is exercising his right to use the Chain of Command to complain of his perceived unfair treatment. That's SUPER! And it
shows that our military system is working the way that its supposed to.
But let's reconstruct the facts: Private Smith was marched in formation to a concert site. Nothing wrong here. They were then offered the opportunity
to go to the concert. Some did, some didn't. Those that didn't probably assumed they would get time off to go rack out, or smoke and joke. However,
when instead they found out that they were marched back to the Barracks to GI it, they felt they had been duped. Wahhhhhh! Oh the big cry baby.
It happens all the time in BASIC TRAINING - and that's exactly what he was doing in Fort Eustis - basic training. Guess what, sometimes in Basic
Traiing, they even force soldiers to wake up at 4AM, stand inspections, run several miles, do relentless exercises, and then get marched off to places
to train on sometimes monotonous things. All under that age old military mantra of "Hurry up and Wait". Oh, and I almost forgot they even yell at
you, sometimes cuss, when you don't perform to someone's standard. Its all in the job description.
So Private Smith, decides that it was unfair to have to work and not listen to his IPOD while others in his unit were listening to some Christian Rock
concert. And what does he do, he complains and is told its NOT a big deal. Unsatisfied he goes to some schmuck attorney [although by the BIO he has
written for his website, you would think he has his own religion], who makes his fortune as the equivilent of the Civil Liberties Union for military
personnel. His Law Firm (or in this case "Non Profit" tax sheltered entity that pays him and his staff big fat paychecks, that probably dwarf other
non-profit averages), writes a story telling the woe of this situation, which is picked up by another news organization. And because of this, some
here think it proves that the entire US military is being brainwashed into evangelical Christianity? Oh Please! One's true ignorance of the military
is so obvious when one takes that position.
Even, the Army's statement that they are investigating the incident is construed to be a Crime Scene Extravaganza. Imagine the base on full
lock-down, with security patrols guns at the ready at every corner, search lights and helos, no stone unturned. Or maybe, since this IS a conspiracy
site, the sudden and unexplained disappearance of certain key witnesses.
Have we settled that assanine line of thought? Good, so let me now say that there are in fact a fair number of evangelicals in the military. That they
would surely like to convert you to Jesus, and they may even persist in a conversation or two along those lines. Some are commanders, who see to it
that others like them, have the opportunity to get all Jesused out, with Rock Concerts. Good for them.
But for the other 70% plus who are not really religious in the military, it isn't a big deal. Believe me it isn't. And in the future, if PVT Smith
can get used to having to do somethings that are sometimes unfair, and manages to stay in the military, then maybe he will get to rack out, smoke and
joke, and then have Uncle Sam pay for his college degree.
In the meantime, let's not make a mountain out of molehill.