Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson (USAF-Ret.) says it is the non-Christians who are forcing their beliefs on Christian members of the military. "I would say that the atheists and the agnostics and the Wiccans have too much say in what happens in today's military. So I think they've got the cart before the horse," he argues.
Patterson says he would like to see a counter-suit filed on behalf of Christians who are having their rights violated. That suit, he suggests, should say that the rights of Christians are being violated because they cannot pray openly. "I cannot lead my men into combat with the prayer to Jesus. I would like to see the exact opposite thing happen," he states.
The military is restraining Christians from practicing their religion openly, he continues, in order to bow to the demands of political correctness he believes have infested the armed services.
Source: One News Now
The first and perhaps most important thing to notice here is the complete absence any examples or supporting evidence for the claims being made by Buzz Patterson. How are Christians being prevented from practicing their religion openly and what are some concrete, verifiable examples of this occurring? How are Christians being prevented from praying openly and what are some concrete, verifiable examples of this occurring? I'm not asking bizarre questions there — these are the most basic questions which anyone reading the above allegations should be asking.
Buzz Patterson says that he would like to see a lawsuit filed on behalf of Christians in the military, but lawsuits can only be pursued by people with standing — that is to say, people who can claim to have suffered some identifiable harm caused by the government and which can be remedied by the courts. No lawsuit, then, can exist without real-world examples of specific Christians being harmed.
If Buzz Patterson is serious about a lawsuit and about his allegations, then he must have some examples in mind; if he has no examples in mind, then not only can he not be very serious but he is arguably not being very honest either. It's hard to say that someone is being "honest" if they make serious allegations about entire groups of people without being able to cite any examples.
Buzz Patterson actually has a history of not acknowledging the superiority of allegations backed by verifiable evidence over claims offered with no supporting evidence whatsoever. Back when the report was issued detailing all the problems with religion at the Air Force Academy, the allegations were supported by testimony from multiple witnesses and numerous, verifiable examples. Buzz Patterson rejected all of this and called the report "BS" on the basis of little more than "I didn't see it, so it didn't happen." Then he launched into attacks on the motives and patriotism of those behind the report.
Buzz Patterson's own bigoted hostility towards atheists is revealed quite dramatically and unambiguously at the end of his rant. He tries to claim that he "never cared" if his co-pilot was ever an atheist, but then he proceeds to insist that "there are no atheists in cockpits. Bullets flying in anger humbles all of us." This is just as bigoted and wrong as saying that "there are no atheists in foxholes." Patterson's person animosity towards atheists is obviously not a reason to reject his claims about atheists forcing their beliefs on Christians in the military — that is accomplished by the lack of supporting evidence plus a host of evidence for exactly the opposite — but it is reason to question his motives for making these false claims in the first place.