by Jack Minor –
Refusing to give in to demands to punish an Air Force chaplain who posted an essay on a famous quote, the military service has instead reposted the article in the chaplain’s section of the base website.
“Chaplains have the freedom and obligation to speak about faith and religious values, and this freedom should not be censored or prohibited,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. “The Air Force should be commended for recognizing this and returning Chaplain Reyes’ essay to the ‘Chaplains Corner’ portion of his base’s website.”
On July 7, Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes posted a devotional article on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson website in the Chaplain’s Corner section titled “No atheists in foxholes: Chaplains gave all in World War II.”
Many attribute the “foxholes” adage to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who used it in remarks in an American Legion Program broadcast from the White House Feb. 7, 1954. However, Reyes said he found in his research that the phrase apparently goes back to a Catholic priest during World War II.
He explained that World War II prisoner of war Roy Bodine, a personal friend, told him the phrase was credited to Father William Cummings, a civilian missionary Catholic priest who was in the Philippines during the battle of Corregidor.
“During the siege, Cummings had noticed non-Catholics were attending his services. Some he knew were not Catholic, some were not religious and some were even known atheists,” Reyes said. “Even the strongest of beliefs can change, and, I may add, can go both ways – people can be drawn to or away from ‘faith.’ With the pending surrender of allied forces to the Japanese, Cummings uttered the famous phrase, ‘There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.’”
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