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Buzz Patterson: Atheists, Agnostics, Wiccans Suppressing Christian Freedom

By February 28, 2008

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Over the past few years we have been inundated with examples of how conservative, evangelical Christians have been trying to subvert the military by infusing it at every level with their own brand of apocalyptic religion. From academies to chaplains to the Pentagon itself, every level of the American military has had to deal with efforts to transform its mission from one of national defense to international evangelism. Now Christians are striking back at critics by complaining that they are the ones being oppressed.
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.

Comments
February 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm
(1) Ashe Weisshaut says:

I really don’t know if laugh or not about such an idiotic claim. Christians being oppressed by non-christians? For real, Christians escaped the mouths of the lions in the Roman Colliseum and became the lions themselves, “eating” alive anyone who disagrees with them. They are the ones that harrass people with other believes. That is just ridiculous!

February 29, 2008 at 2:29 pm
(2) Bebecca says:

What Buzz doesn’t get is that every xtian has the right to pray ON THEIR OWN wherever they choose. Hopefully the separation of church still exists and he, as the commander, can’t lead them in prayer. Boo Hoo Buzz. Imagine how pissed Buzz would be if his commander was a muslim or a buddhist and tried to lead his men in prayer. Because they’re xtian, they have the right (and god-given obligation!) to subject everyone to their choices. Xtians are so maligned.

February 29, 2008 at 8:16 pm
(3) John Hanks says:

An over-privileged religion is hardly free. It is fat and bloated with its own conceit.

March 1, 2008 at 3:55 am
(4) Tom Edgar says:

THE ADVANCE OF THE ATHEIST AND BELIEVER
Please pass on to dear old Buzz.
from a WW11 veteran.

I THINK YOU’RE JUST A SILLY BLINKERED CLOD
TRUSTING IN SOME OMNISCIENT GOD’S PROTECTION

PRAYING TO AN INVISIBLE,LOVING, BEING, WHILST,
OUR ENEMY COLLIMATES THE PRAYERS AND KILLING.

BOTH GAINING COMFORT IN THE KNOWING, THAT.
IF YOU”BUY THE FARM” YOU’RE OFF TO HEAVEN

THERE TO JOIN OUR GLORIOUS FALLEN BRETHREN.
BUT! HAS YOUR GOD TOLD YOU THAT, HE’LL THEN

SEPARATE ‘THEM’ FROM US, OR LEAVE TOGETHER
TO HATE AND MAIM, AND KILL FOR AYE AND EVER

OR DOES HE RECOGNISE THAT THEY, AS WE, LEAVE
PARENTS, WIVES,FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GRIEVE.

I ENVY YOU THE COMFORT THAT YOU HAVE GAINED
FROM THIS, UNFOUNDED, BELIEF IN A PROTECTIVE GOD

BUT AS YOU THINK YOU ARE ONE OF GOD’S ANNOINTED
YOU GO FIRST, I’LL BE RIGHT BEHIND, BY YOU PROTECTED.

Tom Edgar.

tomedgar@halenet.com.au

March 1, 2008 at 8:30 am
(5) Louis says:

As our country, and military, become more and more diverse, a complete seperation of church/state becomes all the more important.

March 1, 2008 at 9:37 am
(6) mas2007 says:

How quickly they forget they swore to defend the Constitution, from threats both foreign and domestic.

March 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm
(7) Paul Buchman says:

If you listen carefully to these guys (evangelical Xians in the military), they often say “God, family, country.” The order of the words is important and intentional.

May 6, 2009 at 10:33 am
(8) Edwin C. Pauzer says:

You’ll have to forgive Buzz Patterson. Whatever he thinks is factual becomes a fact for him. I’ve read all three of his books and was amazed how easily Buzz projects and prognosticates without the slightest hesitation. (My reviews are on Amazon)

I’ve also found him to be disingenuous–very, in fact. In his latest book, he made the claim the press/media was one of the greatest threats to the security of the 400 servicemen and women he spoke with. The fact is that 400 people giving identical answers to an open-ended question is so astronomically improbable, it would be a problem just counting the commas between all the zeros!

Buzz also tries to bluff. In one of our exchanges on Amazon, he tried to tell me that President Clinton had signed into law our right to invade Iraq. When I asked him for the article and section, and also asked since when it is that a US President reserves the right to violate international law, Patterson didn’t respond.

Buzz comes off as a first rate hack and a third rate author who makes charges without evidence. This is his stock in trade.

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