ACCORDING to a much-quoted military maxim there are no atheists in a foxhole when the shelling begins.
But the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is now edging towards official recognition for the needs of non-believers serving in the armed forces by considering the appointment of Humanist chaplains.
Non-believers in the forces, including a senior Scottish officer, hope the move will pave the way for the establishment of Humanist chaplains, who would offer support and consolation to those with no spiritual beliefs....
This article reminds me of an incident at the Serbian Orthodox Church in the town where I reside that was told to me by a friend who attends that Serbian Orthodox Church. That Serbian Orthodox Church several years ago got a priest who turned out to be a Communist. The way that the congregation found out that the priest was a Communist was that he stated that he did not believe in Jesus. When the congregation found out that the priest was a Communist they requested that he be transferred somewhere else.
San Jose John wrote: Christians have the cross, Jews have the 10 commandments tablets topped by Star of David, Muslims have the crecent moon, and Hindus have the Wheel of Life. I wonder what the insignia for atheist chaplains will look like. Perhaps a diagram of an atom, with a nucleus surrounded by electrons, to be worn on the collars of their uniforms. Or maybe a badge in the shape of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. There ought to be some kind of a contest to determine this, and I can't wait to see the results!
Perhaps the insignia of the "fool" is appropriate.
Since God records
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. Pdalm 53