I believe the Rev. Bryan Griem was too hard on atheists in the “In Theory” section on Feb. 19 titled “Should the military test spirituality?”
He suggested they shouldn't write in the section at all. From what I know, the world is at least 10% atheist, which would be about 600 million people. If you include Buddhists as atheists, since from what I know Buddhists don't believe in God or think of Buddha as a god, that's another billion people.
In terms of sheer numbers, I would think atheists deserve a seat at the table in any discussion of these very deep, important matters. I would also guess that for most atheists, their position is as important to them as Griem's Christianity is to him.