Wanker Of The Day

4 comments April 24th, 2007at 05:33pm Posted by Eli

Oh. My. ___.

Kauzlarich, now a battalion commanding officer at Fort Riley in Kansas… suggested the Tillman family’s unhappiness with the findings of past investigations might be because of the absence of a Christian faith in their lives.

In an interview with ESPN.com, Kauzlarich said: “When you die, I mean, there is supposedly a better life, right? Well, if you are an atheist and you don’t believe in anything, if you die, what is there to go to? Nothing. You are worm dirt. So for their son to die for nothing, and now he is no more – that is pretty hard to get your head around that. So I don’t know how an atheist thinks. I can only imagine that that would be pretty tough.”

Asked by ESPN.com whether the Tillmans’ religious beliefs are a factor in the ongoing investigation, Kauzlarich said, “I think so. There is not a whole lot of trust in the system or faith in the system [by the Tillmans]. So that is my personal opinion, knowing what I know.”

Asked what might finally placate the family, Kauzlarich said, “You know what? I don’t think anything will make them happy, quite honestly. I don’t know. Maybe they want to see somebody’s head on a platter. But will that really make them happy? No, because they can’t bring their son back.”

Kauzlarich, now 40, was the Ranger regiment executive officer in Afghanistan, who played a role in writing the recommendation for Tillman’s posthumous Silver Star. And finally, with his fingerprints already all over many of the hot-button issues, including the question of who ordered the platoon to be split as it dragged a disabled Humvee through the mountains, Kauzlarich conducted the first official Army investigation into Tillman’s death.


“Well, this guy makes disparaging remarks about the fact that we’re not Christians, and the reason that we can’t put Pat to rest is because we’re not Christians,” Mary Tillman, Pat’s mother, said in an interview with ESPN.com. Mary Tillman casts the family as spiritual, though she said it does not believe in many of the fundamental aspects of organized religion.
“Oh, it has nothing to do with the fact that this whole thing is shady,” she said sarcastically, “But it is because we are not Christians.”

This is the kind of Republican mindset we’re dealing with. If you’re not Christian, you are incapable of experiencing higher emotions or coping with grief, because you don’t have Teh Jesus to sustain you.

By this reasoning, shouldn’t the Christian Right all be urging their kids to enlist? After all, if they get killed, they’re going to A Better Place, so there’s nothing to be worried about, right? And yet, somehow I don’t think the fundies’ kids are signing up in droves to be Holy Warriors For Christ. One might almost think that faith does not actually make it okay when one one of your loved ones dies, or when the military lies to you about it and tries to cover up what happened.

Shorter Christianist Military Wanker: Jesus would have just Gotten Over It.

(Obligatory Disclaimer: I have no problem with Christians in general; my problem is with those false Christians who wield their religion as a club.)

(h/t Atrios)

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,Religion,Wankers,War


  • 1. Glenn  |  April 24th, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    I don’t believe this. I don’t believe it. Aside from its offensiveness to the Tillman family’s beliefs (whatever they might be), it’s the crudest illogic. How self-protective can you get? I can’t think straight, I am so pissed.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 24th, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    These are the Bush Christians, and they give real Christians (i.e., New Testament Christians) a bad name.

  • 3. Glenn  |  April 25th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    That’s why I refer to them as anti-christians. Jesus turned the secular, political world of his time upside down and inside out. It’s very telling that these anti-christians are always screaming about the Ten Commandments but never chirp a peep about the Sermon on the Mount.

  • 4. Eli  |  April 25th, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I think they’re the Pharisees, actually. The New Testament warned about them, but no-one listened.

    But yes, most of the right-wing fundies are about as far away from the message of the New Testament as you can get (they’re pretty well in tune with the Old Testament, tho). I think they do have love and compassion and forgiveness towards members of their own tribe, but it doesn’t extend beyond that, and it’s supposed to.

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