Everyone knows that Atheists are basically second-class citizens. We can't run for political office with any hope of winning, we can't even spend money without seeing “In God we trust”. We are trusted the least out of any faith-oriented group in America, even less than the group associated with the gang that decided to run two jetliners into the Twin Towers and kill 3000 people. I can't even take a shit at work without running into a chick tract in the stall at least once a week.
So what about military members? Sure we get discounts at Hot Topic, Qdoba's, IHOP, and Denny's. Free college? Sure, if you're not too busy working twelve hour shifts or training, because you have a six month deployment rotation. Free or cheap stuff is all fine and dandy but what about getting a two week notice for a deployment to the sand box, when you have a family? Or not being allowed to go to protests, or it being illegal for us to say something negative about the President, not to the press, just publicly? Are we not allowed to have opinions of our own? Gay and in the military? Better not tell a soul or your ass is fired. But but but, you can be gay all you want, you just can't have gay sex either, at least according to the UCMJ.
I hear people say we're just as bad as the administration that put us in Iraq, because of those Marines at Haditha, or the couple of Army guys that raped that girl in Baghdad. Those are terrible things indeed, but just like Christians say not all of them are like the pieces of shit at Westboro Baptist Church most military members are amazing people with good hearts, who signed up because we wanted to make the world a better place, or at least our nation a safer one.
Alright, so Atheists are second-class, military members might be second-class, what's your point Charred? Well, what about Atheist military members? Once we get that deployment notice we know we're in for a trip. We're over there avoiding insurgent sniper fire and IEDs outside the wire, then we get back to the base to have chaplains pound scripture into our heads while we stand at attention able to do nothing because they are part of the office corp. And when we have the chance to defend ourselves from the proselytizing and discrimination our supposed battle-brothers threaten to frag us for it.
Even with all of this clearly going on in America today, I still love my country more than any other. I know this nation has so much potential, if we can just get past petty feuds and realize it. We may be a little far off right now, but I will be here to do my part to drag this country kicking and screaming into the modern world of tolerance and freedom..