Foxhole Atheist volunteers to take 24 hour duty on Christmas

Foxhole Atheist volunteers to take 24 hour duty on Christmas December 25, 2010

In the U.S. Army, just about every unit has a headquarters of some sort. This headquarters must be manned at all times by at least two or more soldiers (depending on the building / unit). Typically, there is a rotating roster of soldiers that have to pull a 24 hour shift. Including Christmas Day.

It just so happens that one of the more religious people in my unit, a devout Mormon with a large family, got selected for today’s shift. As a former Christian, I really understand the importance of the family tradition of Christmas Day. I’ve identified as atheist for about a decade now, and I have no real attachment to this holiday at all. Not to mention, the religious family members I grew up with live nowhere near where I am stationed (Fort Bragg, NC).

So, I volunteered to take the Mormon soldier’s Christmas Day 24 hour shift.

Richard Dawkins OUT CAMPAIGNHe was very grateful, and I really don’t mind doing this. In fact, I’m going to make a tradition of this. I think this idea improves upon the wonderful concepts of the Out Campaign with more than just “I’m an Atheist.” Certainly an important message, but this particular version would read “I’m an Atheist, and I’m your friend.”

Are there any other Atheists doing this already? I bet there are. Please, share your thoughts, right here or on our Facebook page.

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  • Justin, a few more details, please, so I can post it on my blog? Your full name, perhaps, or at least a final initial? Any other info you’d feel like sharing?

  • Ted Peterson

    No way; make that fucker work.

  • Paul Tjaden

    Sounds like a great idea to me. Good job!

  • this shows great compassion for for fellow humans; something that the religious believe we are incapable of

  • beerslayer

    Just make sure that when you want to skip work on International Darwin Day (12-Feb), you get him to cover for you.