This is a wonderful essay by a man who flies jets off of aircraft carriers. He's the embodiment of the Home of the Brave...and he's fallen fundamentalist Christian turned atheist. He has a lot of things to say about how religious fundamentalism is intruding into the military because the fundies see their service as a way of fighting a holy war as part of God's army. But he also has a lot of profound things to say about his hope for America's future. Money quote:
"I am an Atheist. I am an American. Though I will never be perfect, neither will America. Ideas born within a free society are the closest we may ever get to sacred truth. Some ideas might even be immortal. Amen."Somehow I think the "amen" at the end is completely genuine. And what a classy way to end an eloquent piece.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.