Saturday, April 26

Don't ask, don't tell

Jeremy Hall professes a desire to serve his country while it fights terrorism.

But the short and soft-spoken specialist is at the center of a legal controversy. He has filed a lawsuit alleging he's been harassed and his constitutional rights have been violated because he doesn't believe in God. "I'm not in it for cash," Hall said. "I want no one else to go what I went through."
First of all, the motives individuals publicly deny are the real motives they maintain. The fact they believe it necessary to deny it betrays what they're really after. This crap about not having anyone else go through what he did is a lie. Lawsuits have never stopped anyone from doing what they will do. It's just makes it more expensive. And there's always someone willing to pay the price.
Hall, 23, was raised in a Protestant family in North Carolina and dropped out of school before earning his GED. It wasn't until after he joined the Army that he began questioning religion, eventually deciding he couldn't follow any faith.

"I was ashamed to say that I was an atheist," Hall said. It eventually came out in Iraq in 2007, when he was in a firefight. Hall was a gunner on a Humvee, which took several bullets in its protective shield. Afterward, his commander asked whether he believed in God, Hall said.

"I said, 'No, but I believe in Plexiglas,'" Hall said. "I've never believed I was going to a happy place. You get one life. When I die, I'm worm food."
And his flawed logic and misplaced trust makes him presumptuous. He can believe in Plexiglas all he wants, but the difference between him being alive and "worm food" is just a guy with an AK-47 or RPG in a different place at a different time, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how one looks at it. Since, as an atheist, he's probably leaning on the luck of the draw, the reason he didn't "cash it in" is because it just wasn't his time. I believe in cars, but in the same vein as pro-gun owners, I also know cars don't have accidents, people do, and in 2003 42,884 died in them.

Lots of worm food. Too bad we honor the memories of those who've died, whether in battle on the highway or otherwise, by putting them in urns or caskets and wasting time to have funerals or interments. The kid obviously hasn't thought through the logic of his atheistic choices. Why the need to "fight terrorism"? What makes him think any of the fighting he does is worth anything noble beyond the atheistic Darwinian view of the survival of the fittest? If the kid wants to be worm food let him be the suicide bomber for our side and be the martyr for some nebulous cause. Might as well take a few of the terrorists out while you're at it instead of hiding behind Plexiglas.

It's people like this who shouldn't be in the military. Their confused philosophies lead to indecision. Self preservation is an innate human drive, but there are reasons people override it, and he's clueless.


WanderingMind said...

"Why the need to "fight terrorism"? What makes him think any of the fighting he does is worth anything noble beyond the atheistic Darwinian view of the survival of the fittest?"

Yeah, because everyone knows that atheists don't give a damn about anyone else. It's all gimme gimme gimme, but they never want to do anything for anyone that won't result in personal benefit.

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

Then tell me why an atheist should. And why you're at it explain why you should be the least bit interested to...

...enjoy creating things, stories, pictures, movies...I enjoy talking and figuring out how things work: how math works, how the world around us works and fits together, how the human mind works.

Just curious...