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Master Corporal (Ret’d) Paul Franklin on Atheism in the Foxhole
April 5, 2012
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Paul Franklin vividly remembers the moment his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He lost both his legs that day, but eventually came to find a renewed purpose and joy in life. In this clip, he talks about the role that religion played in his healing process.

Master Corporal. (Ret'd) Paul Franklin: "I'm not a religious person. When you're laying on the side of the road and you ask 'God - help me', and he doesn't show up, your friend does ... there's a question of god and all the rest. And I remember - they've often said there's no atheist in the foxhole. And it's not true. What happens is - some of the guys say 'help me Jesus,' and it happens. Other guys say 'help me Jesus', and no one shows up. And they realize they have to do it themselves. And I love the idea of challenging yourself. Sure - have religion, have that peace. But for me it's been kind of the opposite."


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