Tuesday, May 01, 2007

No Atheists in Foxholes?

Lt. Wayne Adkins, an atheist, was offended at a General's use of the phrase "no atheists in foxholes." He submitted a complaint, and the official response has been pretty revealing: It's OK to discriminate against atheists. The claim is that since atheism isn't a religion, that atheists aren't protected against discrimination on the basis of their being atheists.

As Adkins points out, this is the very definition of discrimination on the basis of religion. Just because it's going the other way doesn't make it OK.