Enrorced religion on Ops

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  1. Can anyone explain to me why I am forced to attend a religious service once a month just because I am on tour?

    I am not religious, I don't believe in God and I do strongly believe that organised religion is the source of most of the worlds problems.

    Weekly church services are held here for those people who do want to attend, so why are the people who don't want to attent forced into listening to some random women (she's not my padre) spouting off her beliefs, I wouldn't legally be allowed to force my beliefs on people so why does the army think it can force its idea of god on me.

    I signed up for Queen & country there is no mention of God on my enlistment papers and I have passed up my chain that I find it offensive ad don't want to attend (as have many other people) but we are all still herded into it.

  2. organised religion is the source of most of the worlds problems???

    i have no idea why we're forced, but we are. Just cope with it, listen to her, you might learn something :)
  3. Purple_Flash

    Purple_Flash LE Moderator

    Is this woman actually a Padre?
  4. Have you actually tried asking your CofC if it's OK for you not to attend. It will probably result in you having to do something far more "interesting" but if your convictions are strong enough then this shouldn't be a problem. I too am anti religion but as a young lad (many years ago) I quickly learned that attending was generally the lesser of two evils, nothing to do with principals, just common sense. Now I'm old and no-one ever shouts at me I just don't bother going in the first place.
  5. Apart from the first line where you swear by almighty God?

    Did you register as being Atheist when you joined up?
  6. Simple. Speak to the Padre and advise her that you're an atheist. Request that she includes your faith (or lack of) as part of her Service.

    You'll probably find that she will excuse you from attending.

    The downside is that the Service is classed as a Parade, so you shouldn't be allowed to just skive off. You may find yourself doing GD and wishing that you'd attended the Service.
  7. Apart from all of the above, can't you view this Church Parade as a rest from all the other Operational work that you may (or may not be) involved in? Sit back and relax. No-one is forcing you to listen. Sit in quiet contemplation, draft (mentally) your next letter to Mum and Dad, plan then next few days activities. or as I said - just chill out a bit...
  8. When you sighned up you agreed to carry out all leagl orders set to you by Officers and NCOs if they order you to go to church parade then you are obliged to go so stop whinging.
  9. Not necessarily:

    This is one thing that bugged me about being in the Army. Church parades were no big hardship; but I could have found damn sight better things to do than listen to some superstitious clown drivel on about nothing-in-particular.

    Rant ends

  10. We always held a service in the field on ops at Sqn/Tp level. If the Padre was not available the senior officer/NCO took it. Not possible here to explain the benefits but the point was it got everybody together, regardless of belief, and particularly the whingers. If you need that explained to you in terms of Regtl spirit then I`m willing to bet you are remf.
  11. msr

    msr LE

    Take a book along and read it.

  12. Agree, quit gurning and just go. You could see it as a team building exercise.
    To paraphrase the hymn by Alfred Lord Tennyson with music by Hubert Parry...."let there be no moaning at the bar"
  13. It's got nothing to do with team-building exercises, regimental spirit or demonstrating a willingness to follow orders. This is the 21st century and if you don't want to go to a regular religious service because you are not a follower of that religion then you shouldn't have to. I wouldn't expect anyone to have to troop to synagogue with me on a saturday morning and, by the same token, I don't expect to have to go to a Christian church. I realise that the vast majority of personnel in the army are (nominally) Christian and so don't make any kind of song-and-dance about having the right to kosher rations etc or doing anything else that would cause extra work or annoyance to the rest of my regiment. However, I think it's fair enough that I and other non-Christians shouldn't have to attend church.

    The one exception to this is, of course, Rememberance Sunday. As it is not a religious commemoration per se and as it is a day that most definitely does involve the building of regimental spirit and solidarity, attendance is a duty. Excuse me if I don't say the same about Easter or Christmas.
  14. Agreed (should've added that bit myself).

  15. I sympathise with our new friend Loubella. I think there's a difference between not really caring about religion and actually not believing in it.

    When I was a wee lad I went to Sunday school and was told about the son of god and his loaves and fishes etc. I knew no different and accepted it as fact because after all, no one has ever stood up in church and said all this is just an opinion. In my teens I was nominally C of E, as most people are in the mainland UK, and only saw the inside of a church when my grandparents shuffled off this mortal coil and then again when my sister got her claws into her first husband. It was only later when I was actually mature enough to think about it that I realised that I didn't actually believe any of it.

    If you feel like me and Loubella it is not possible to just sit there through a service or whatever and whistle quietly to oneself while the padre does his thing. I tried recently to attend my nephew's christening in a local church and I literally had to slip out quietly halfway through because I felt so uncomfortable. (I was lucky in that I was holding my baby son at the time, so I could point to his nappy and roll my eyes to anyone that looked round). To me, if an adult wants to look at the world's religions and choose one that fits, fine; but to start with a baby of just a few months old smacks of indoctrination. My uncle feels the same way and we sat together in his car throughout the service talking about the myth, as we see it, of religion.

    Dangling a few inches behind my laptop as I type this are my old ID tags bearing the word 'ATH', so officially in the army my lack of faith was never in doubt. I think that if you had made that statement upon enlisting it was respected and I was usually left quietly alone for the duration of any services that took place. I think the problem arises when someone who has never mentioned their lack of belief suddenly decides that church is boring and they don't want to play anymore. The bottom line is that if one feels that strongly about it, it would have come up at enlistment.