Why would the fact that an officer didn"t believe in the force disturb Vader in any way? He is not a preacher or a missionary trying to propagate the Good News of the Dark Side.

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Because it means a member of the military that he himself commands is...

Stupid.

There, I said it. We"re talking about a 7ft tall maniac who can, merely by thinking about it, choke you from across the room without touching you. And that certainly wasn"t Vader"s first demonstration of such. Even if they thought he was a con, merely 20 years prior the entire galaxy knew about the Force and considered it a given.

It would be like having one of your employees in charge of running the factory telling you "I don"t believe in electricity". First, you"re astonished at the utter contempt for popularly known truths. Second you"re shocked that anyone could willfully deny a phenomenon for which there was evidence all around him. Third, you begin to doubt your own judgement of character (which Vader probably and rightfully considers paramount to his continued rule). Finally, it is something that would anger him that someone would both call him a liar and presume his own weakness.


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Vader"s comment was sardonic; the young officer taunted Vader and Vader responded in kind. He was not disturbed, except to the extent that he was annoyed by an obviously ignorant and arrogant officer who dared challenge him. Excerpt from the exchange:

Officer: Any attack made by the rebels against this station would be a useless gesture no matter what technical data they"ve obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it.

Vader: Don"t be too proud of this technological terror you"ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Officer: Don"t try to try frighten us with your sorceror"s ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes. Or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels hidden fortre-- (face contorts, gasping)

Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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Vader can only be in one place at a time so it"s possible for someone to come up through the Imperial ranks without seeing Vader"s mojo in action. Right up until the moment the Force tendrils seized his neck the officer assumed Vader was some sort of witch doctor.