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Choosing My Religion

Just Vinettes: by Popo Ott

I call this series “Just Vignettes” because that’s what they are, just short snapshots of things that have happened to me or have been told to me. I can vouch the stories you read here are mostly true.

Once you join the Navy, among the stacks of paper to fill out is one that asks you to declare your religion. This question would sometimes come up and cause many in conversation to ponder why the government wants or needs to know our religious preferences. Like many of my cohorts, I ticked the “decline to state” box, figuring that might be the safest selection to avoid trouble in the future. By...


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