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Atheist in the Foxhole
This song was written at the request of the Treasure Coast Humanists in Florida who wanted a song to speak to the discrimination against atheist veterans in VA hospitals.
Acoustic - Folk
Previous peak charts position #33
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Tom Neilson
Tom Neilson 2013
August 31, 2013
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Story behind the song
Joe Beck of the Treasure Coasts Humanists asked Tom to write a song about the discrimination against Humanist veterans in VA hospitals.
My name is Jim Barney, I served in the army, at Utah, came under attack And it never mattered what I believed, my platoon knew I had their back For 40 years I taught bio and chem, coaching baseball was my job, But I couldn’t teach boy scouts astronomy cause I didn’t believe in god. If I don’t believe in god, I can’t teach the constellations If I don’t believe in god, I can’t play among the stars If I don’t believe in god I’m a danger to the boys. Can’t give any merit badges if I don’t believe in god. My name is Bill Davy, I was in the navy, caught up in that Vietnam fight Yes I know we shouldn’t have been over there, but I did what I thought was right. I saved a sailor’s life as the waves came over the rail And it didn’t matter what I believed when I delivered your mail. But if I don’t believe in god no one comes mr way When I’m dying of cancer at the local VA There were priests & ministers, imams, and rabbis all coming to pray, But the chaplin must think I’ll be burning in hell from what he had to say There were Lutheran and catholic clerics to comfort Nazis at Nuremburg But atheist memories never were honored by any words I ever heard We died in your wars, suffer PTSD, and addictions all the same Give us a treatment program, that isn’t in god’s name. No help for the heathen-no prayers at my bed No stairway to heaven – what the chaplain said No god in my foxhole – no lord at my side No bedside manner when the secular humanist died
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