|Chemrobb, Lt Atkins & LtGeneral Blum|
Minimizing conduct unbecoming an officer is what Chemrobb has done.
If LtGen Blum had made disparaging remarks about Jews or Catholics as some sort of advocate for fundamentalist protestantisms, he would have been severely censured by his superiours. It is simply open season on Atheists until we have specific mention in civil rights laws & the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A very similar case was discussed during Congressmember Waxman's Hearings on how the military created much false propaganda about Private Lynch captured then rescued in Iraq & Special Forces soldier Pat Tillman killed in Afghanistan by "friendly fire" which is still being covered up by more obsfucations of the sort that Chemrobb is pooh poohing.
An unnamed LtCol sent an email to many others in the chain of command during the many investigations (read coverups) discussing the family of Tillman disrespectfully reading: "the reason why the family of Tillman will not come to grips with his death is because they are not xian."
Favoring xian afterlife claims is no different than disparaging living armed service members on their courage in battlefield situations.
It is not mere "opinion" as it rises to the level of espirit de corps. No LtAtkins did not apparently lose a promised transfer to a requested post or a likely promotion. However, as a Reservist on active duty, he might have been forced to extend his term of service & resigning his commission early is a mark of wisdom, not to be a subject of suspicion by Chemrobb. He avoided future worst cases of bigotry.
Even if LtAtkins were a poor officer, it does not excuse the LtGeneral from making remarks which causes dissention & poor morale in our uniformed services. Humanists are one of the few audiences open to calling a spade a dirty spade in this case.
Turning a blind eye to bigotry is what kept blacks & women & Jews unequal in our military & larger society until Commander In Chiefs Truman & Eisenhower successively made Executive Orders stick that they knew would be followed as they both were veterans.
Jimmy Carter tried to make the draft universal, but the US Sup Ct ruled it was "ok" to keep women out of the draft.
Reagun memorized the eyechart to fraudulently enlist in the cavalry nearsightedly blind & did no favors to our military.
Daddy Bush & his deserter son escalated the military industrial complex corruptions to the point that only diversions like Clinton's claiming his office was "active duty service" making him eligible for avoiding legal actions "back home" in Arkansas.... only sexual controversies have shielded the more necessary scrutiny of why & how our military does what it does.
Accordingly, The Air Force Academy is a political extension of James Dobsons religious empire. Boy Bush has made chaplaincy posts political spoils, one particular fundamentalist sect has only 7000 members & less than a hundred on active duty yet 21 chaplains have been hired from that sect. Theocracy in our military is a major problem.
LtGen Blum is the tip of a massively corrupt iceberg where religion is the facade for DOD contractors raiding the US Treasury.
Chemrobb asked important questions but jumped to false conclusions regarding a heroic American Atheist national guard officer.
Just how complaints ought to be handled must not be shuffled under the rug of attacking the messenger. If Chemrobb really wants to see performance evaluations for this fine officer, will he apologize when he finds nothing? Why call bigotry merely a matter of opinion when Generals run trillions of dollars worth of past & current Congressional appropriations? I wonder how Chemrobb will post upon the lies of the Latin Cross by the City of San Diego on MT Soledad?
We have a serious political problem with religion favored to the extent that all lies are favored rather than a simple truth when an Atheist is involved? Paulson & Tillman deserve better. As a US Navy vet '71-'73 I'm with Atkins. Theocracy is Treason.