While the religious have people there to reinforce their values, atheists, humanists and others who follow similar world beliefs argue that they do not. Thus, they wish to gain official recognition so that they can respond to their fellow non-believing soldiers’ spiritual needs.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Seriously, how much of a “spiritual need” can someone who knocks God off his throne and sits in his place have?
Oh, and it isn’t about having someone around to “reinforce your values”. It is about having the comfort of the connection between you and your Creator at times of moral peril. Its kind of difficult to pray aloud when you have a sucking chest wound. There is no equivalency for athiests and humanists. (Playing a recording of “My Way” isn’t the same thing.)
Some days the ignorance of history is only outweighed by the self-centeredness of trivial people.