Once I received the complaint review memorandum, the discussion paragraph said it all. "Though perhaps incentive, Lt. Gen. Blumâs remarks regarding atheists did not rise to a level that violated a standard." Well, this is contrary to every single EO brief or annual requirement that I've ever heard. With any other group, we are told that if a reasonable person is offended by your behavior or remarks, you have violated the standard. Had the same remarks been made about any other group, the results would have been different. If a chaplain had said there are no Jews in a foxhole, implying that they really do believe what a more "spiritually fit" soldier believes, the punishment would have been swift and harsh. The implications are exactly the same, except the group identified is differentâ¦.Instead of punishing bigotry, the Army is using your taxpayer dollars to publish these bigoted remarks by Army officers in Army publications and on Department of Defense Web sites.
I can no longer be part of an organization that denies my service in combat, ignores discrimination complaints by soldiers, violates its own regulations, and protects bigots. I'm resigning my commission as an officer in the Ohio National Guard as soon as possible.
--1st Lt. Wayne Adkins, on the outcome of the equal opportunity complaint he filed about remarks by H. Stephen Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, likening atheists to bigots and repeating the slander that "there are none in foxholes."