An Argument Against Foxholes
So they pray: "We give thanks for the food you have presented us. May this harvest be spared the blight. So say we all," they say. The priestess leaves, and Jean goes into the real deal: "We picked up all the weapons from the other sites. They're in crates marked 'Machine Parts.'" Which I question only because what if the Cylons thought that meant, like, hair extensions, and then the jig would be up. Jammer realizes she's talking about smuggling the weapons into the Temple itself, and wigs, because he's religious. Jean does not understand the problem, because that one time he was drowning in dead bodies up on Galactica was, like, a normal Tuesday to her. She's in a different world entirely. She blows up coffee shops! For kicks!
"This is sacred ground," Jammer says. It's something he believes both in the personal and in the political realm: "The Cylons respect that. Which is why we should leave the temple alone." Tigh points out that this makes it the perfect hiding place, and Jammer's not buying: "But it's sacrilege!" Tigh -- and again, I'm on his side to a certain extent, but only because he didn't start out religious -- tells him to say a prayer for forgiveness, then, and take the pussy party somewhere else. The problem I have is that this is very similar in a lot of ways to the Pegasus problem, which is that it's not so much an objective moral issue as the fact that you, yourself, are having to change your own moral code. Rape a robot or not, but you're only getting off on it if you don't really think it's a robot, and that's gross. In the same way, it's either a church or just another tent, depending on how religious you are, but you can't ask somebody else to turn off their feelings about it without going way over the line. Especially when that includes the enemy, and their reverence for your religion is what creates the dÃ©tente. So it's like double sacrilege? But also, since that's not logically defensible and I yell about it in like every recap: It's a slippery slope issue. You can't let war change who you are, or what you believe. Jammer is being forced to choose, and it's not a choice he should have to make.