"The Army would not say whether Pat Tillman had ever declared himself an atheist"
For any of you familiar with the Army and it's religious policy you need to understand how the US Military covers the proportion of "alternative religions" - that is non-Christian religions.
US Military policy written or implied is to hide pagan, agnostic, atheist, and other religious and non-religious individuals from enumeration.
Ask any individual that has entered processing how the religious question is dealt with if the answer is not one of the "approved" Christian denominations.
The standard reaction to atheist, pagan, agnostic, and others is - "recruit you want to change that to something identifying you as Christian or "no preference" or the members of other religions (typically now identified as Muslim as the official boogieman) will never give you any peace.
Of course this translates into "we officially unofficially support particular religions and you are messing up our spreadsheet charts with your unfavored thinking - and we don't like thinking"...
Back to the shame of the Pat Tillman coverup.The most disgusting thing about this entire propaganda failure is the reaction from the "patriotic" neocons and the hardline Christians both groups have and continue to denigrate Tillman and his service. Because his story does not fit into the desired "party line" the preference is to ignore or denigrate rather than deal with the facts rationally and logically.
The Associated Press reported that a doctor who examined Tillman's body after his death wrote, "The medical evidence did not match up with the scenario as described," also noting that the wound entrances appeared as though he had been shot with an M16 rifle from fewer than 10 yards away. A possible motive, however, has never been identified. According to one of his fellow soldiers, Tillman "was popular among his fellow soldiers and had no enemies."
No atheists in foxholes, is bullshit indeed...