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  •   I was in boot in 64 we all HAD to attend Sunday (11+ / 0-)

    services.
    The first Sunday, before we marched to the chapel, Mr. Eccles our DI bless his southern cracker heart told my company as he pointed that "the protestants should form up over here, and the Catholics over there" and "if there are any Jews" they could pick one or the other group and attend services with them. Period.  NO DISCUSSION. SERVICES WERE MANDATORY ALL THRU BOOT.

    That was it.  No Muslims, Buddhists, etc.  After boot, the two biggies continued to be virtually the only religious presence I encountered in the military.

    •  Same in the Navy in 1959. It was (3+ / 0-)

      really oppressive.  I has to have "prot", "Cath" or "Jewish" on the dog tags.  I tries to get "none" but was told to shut up about that or I wouldn't get in.  I opted for Prot as a protest.

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 07:33:30 AM PDT

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