Atheist soldiers do in fact exist and they fight for your freedoms no differently than soldiers who do believe in deities. So why aren't they entitled to military chaplains like their religious brothers in arms are? The last several weeks have seen attempts at creating the position of a freethinking chaplain for military officials in need of the service.
Like this post said, it may seem inherently contradictory on the surface, but the role of a chaplain isn't just religious in nature, even if the essence of them being there is done out of religious respect. What is the point of religious respect for soldiers if the government is only going to acknowledge one or two different religions. It is simply discriminatory to not provide freethinking soldiers with the same level of facilitation as those who worship deities.
The old saying "there are no atheists in foxholes" is a fallacy, and it's fundamentally disrespectful to the troops to deny them services based on spiritual belief (or lack of)!
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