Daniel Moran is an atheist activist down in Texas. He recently went to an appearance by House Rep. Michael Burgess at a Texas church. Daniel asked how Burgess would represent atheists, humanists, etc.. Burgess responded that he represents everybody equally. Daniel then pointed out that Burgess has voted twice to deny humanist chaplains in the military.
Burgess response? “Yeah, I thought it was a dumb idea.” And the church-going crowd went absolutely apeshit with glee. And what followed was even more disgusting. Daniel gets to the mic at 1:22:00.
Absolutely hypocritical, and absolutely dismissive of American soldiers. But look at it through the lens of faith and something so flagrantly disgusting becomes something to cheer about.
The crowd shouts there are no atheists in foxholes, which Daniel rebuts beautifully. I always like to quote Sam Singleton in cases like this: there are plenty of atheists in foxholes. What I don’t see are Christians in foxholes. If a Christian soldier takes a bullet to the knee, he will undoubtedly first call for a medic, not a priest. Reliance on god is typically only available when a problem can be ignored without discomfort or when the problem belongs to others (where it can be ignored without discomfort). When the chips are down, like when you have a serious illness or you’ve been shot or you’re at war, even the most devout Christians rely on humans (doctors or other soldiers) even though they’ll swear up and down that it’s god helping them.
Internet high five for Daniel for enduring that great glob of stupidity and prejudice.