July 8th, 2008
09:31 AM ET

TONIGHT: Atheist soldier

We’re keeping the Department of Defense honest over an atheist soldier. Was he treated differently because of his beliefs? Tonight 10 ET

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  1. Linda Turner

    Just open your mind and imagine our world if there was NO religion. Most would say that we would be a society without morals or convictions. I don't believe that is true. You know in your heart if what you are doing is right or wrong--nobody or no doctrine has to tell you that. If no one had a religion or belief to defend or to push on others what would we have to fight over. So much evil is done in the name of a god and those that do not believe in our particular god must surely be erradicated or at the very least shunned and made to feel inferior. If we didn't have a god to fight over what would be left, only greed,power, and oil,I suppose.

    July 8, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  2. Jim

    Rose- You had better go back & look for yourself-Yes God is Loving, Mercifull & Gracious& VERY Patient & has no pleasure in the death of the wicked but you forget he is also HOLY. God Will NOT tolerate Sin Period. Yes there is forgivness & grace but only to those that repent. Read Israels History- They Sinned What did God Do???
    Read Revalation- If we were so good then Why will God bring Judgements on the earth? & What Does He Use Rose? look it up-
    War, Famine, Pestilence,Hail,plauges,earthquakes,flood,drought.
    First God Chastises, but if we continue then it gets more severe. What is one of the signs? A Great FALLING AWAY- How about global warming? A Angel pours a Vial of judgement out & Men are Scourched with GREAT heat- you think it's hot now? what will you do if the temp in Southern Calif hits 130 degrees? 150 degrees? 175 degrees? will you then belive? How about 100 pound Hail stones falling from the skys ,or " a Flaming Mountain hitting the sea & 1/3rd of the life in the oceans destroyed? these things were written as were other prophecies that are comming to pass. Ignore the warnings all you want .

    July 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Benson Stein

    The US Military is basically controlled by Right-wing evangelicals, using it to do Israel's will and usher in the "end times" in an apocalyptic quest for Armageddon and Christ's second coming. They of course, are closely aligned with the "Neo-Con movement which Bush/Cheney are proud members of.

    Our President also considers himself an evangelical "born again" Christian.

    It was all laid on the table by that one Christian general, who stated publicly in his fundamentalist church, that "Islam is from Satan" and "My God is stronger than their God."

    July 8, 2008 at 9:14 pm |
  4. Rose from Southern Calif

    Jim-You have alot of time in your hands to start telling everybody that God will destroy us if we don't believe in him. The God I know isn't like that he is a loving and patient God. As long as we are good to each other and to our country our Father our loving God will always be there no matter what we do in our lives. Even if we disagree with those atheists who are we to judge. Yes there are corruption in churches and government but remember God give us free-well.

    July 8, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
  5. Greg O

    Do all of you non-believers think that Katrina, 9-11, mortgage debacle, economy, gas prices, ect..... are happening for some reason? Well it is, this country was founded on Christian values and the further we go left and the greed of man continues these hardships will continue to come. This country has not acheived what is has by ignoring God. Read the constitution and tell me if there is supposed to be separation of church and state. Only recently has this country shunned God and now its time to reap the rewards of greed, no faith, abortion, promiscuity, to name a few. Give this soldier a honorable discharge and remove him from the situation. He is only loking for his 15 minutes anyway.

    July 8, 2008 at 7:01 pm |
  6. Michael Williams

    We need to hold the chain of command accountable for allowing a service member to be harrased for his beliefs or lack thereof. Any officer of fellow soldier who honestly thinks they can blatantly violate a soildiers constitutional rights even as they are risking their life to protect those rights needs a serious corrective action and an education in the vow they swore to uphold. I wish I was back in just so I could take on one of these fools. Like your idiot commander in chief once quipped, "bring it on!"

    July 8, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  7. Jim

    it is funny that This Nation was built on Christian values,Had Prayer & open Bible reading in schools until the 1960's
    many schools started as Christian,many Christian values like Honesty, loyalty,hard work are taught in the Military. George Washington Prayed before battle. If You want to say there is no God-
    You have the freedom to do so even though God Himself calls you a fool. You want to throw God out of our Schools, Public places, This Nation- You go right ahead, & when disaster stikes don't bother praying to God because if You refuse to hear Him- He will refuse to hear you when you realize too late you need His help.Do you really think America became Great with out Gods aid & Blessing? You can have God as a friend or an enemy its YOUR choice.Yes I know a few Athiests that are MORE " Christian" than a lot of those in Churches.
    God will judge each individual in rightousness & truth, every word, every action. You want a society with out God- You shall have it- & when you are destroyed you will only have yourself to blame.Go ahead America- Throw out Gods word , Call what he says is evil good & what he says is good evil Go ahead & lie, steal,murder,covet, commit adultry, fornication,pedophilia, beastyallity, spred your pornography around the face of the earth,continue your sorcery,call upon your idols & let THEM deliver & save you in the day of trouble & judgement.Remember the days of Noah then look around you & see they are here again as it was written. Men shall be lovers of themselves,the earth shall be filled with violence & wickedness- Fill up the cup of Abominations then be prepaired to meet the consequences.

    July 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  8. Malcolm Levy

    Here is a man who chooses not to believe in "faerie tales" and he is persecuted. All Judeao Christian religions do not believe in Thor, Zeus and their ilk, all gods and faerie tales people once believed in, this makes Christians Atheists when it comes to these gods. Just one more god to go and we will be free from the "tale" and from the corruption that religion brings.

    July 8, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  9. Kathi Z. Greensburg PA

    How ironic . An atheist soldier is harassed when billions of people have been killed throughout world history in the name of a Christian God. Tolerance of other people's religious beliefs is the true key to universal peace.

    July 8, 2008 at 12:45 pm |
  10. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Tonight 's keeping them honest story of the ahtiest solider raises
    questions about what you should keep private and public. The the reaction s of poeple who are giving him grief about not believing in God is totally hypicritical It's a case of do as I say not as I do . Who is more christian the athiest or the so called believers?

    Michelle D.

    July 8, 2008 at 11:07 am |