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Sen. Ted Cruz says job of chaplains to be insensentive to atheists

Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) stated during an Iowa homeschooling convention, "I kind of thought it was the job of chaplains to be insensitive to atheists." He stated this in reference to a chaplain who posted on a military blog post, "there are no atheists in foxholes."

There are of course many atheists in foxholes. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers is a group of atheist and agnostic service members who have fought for our nation. The chaplain was required to remove this post, rightly, because it disparaged a group of service members.

Now, getting back to Sen. Cruz's statement, imagine if someone stated that it was the job of atheist officers in the military to be insensitive to Christian soldiers. It would be deemed, rightly, outrageous.Well it is outrageous for a man who wants to be the next president of our nation, to state that it is the job of chaplains to abuse their authority in order to win converts to Sen. Cruz's religion.

As an atheist in the military I didn't believe it was the job of the chaplains to convert me, but I could be wrong. Chaplains exist for members of the military who require their services, not to spread the Christian gospel. Sen. Cruz might not like atheists like me, but if he is president, he needs to know that as Commander in Chief, that there are atheists in the military and their rights not to be converted must be respected.