Monday, July 30, 2007

Coming Out Week Hero

According to Andrew Sullivan, it turns out that corporal Pat Tillman, former player for the NFL's Arizona Cardinal and Army Ranger, who was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire, was a proud atheist. He also, according to Sullivan, opposed the Iraq War. From the Sports Illustrated article about the new revelations that Tillman may have been shot at very close range by an M-16 (via Sullivan):
As bullets flew above their heads, the young soldier at Pat Tillman's side started praying. "I thought I was praying to myself, but I guess he heard me," Sgt. Bryan O'Neal recalled in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press. "He said something like, 'Hey, O'Neal, why are you praying? God can't help us now."


  1. I'd heard from the beginning of this long drawn out controversy that Tilman was an atheist.

    As for Tilman's behavior at the end, I'll take O'Neal's word over Chaplain Redacto's.

  2. "Friendly fire" - what a mendacious euphemism! They manage to kill almost as many of their own side as of the enemy.


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