He Makes Sense To Us Because We Don’t Dare Question Religious Authority

Capt. Ryan Jean is the atheist who’s trying to become a “Humanist lay leader” in the Army. It’s not quite the role an official Chaplain would have — he wouldn’t even get paid — but it’d give him the opportunity to facilitate discussions about religion with Foxhole Atheists who aren’t being serviced by religious chaplains. [Read More...]

Baltimore Sun Supports Humanist Lay Leaders in the MIlitary

The Baltimore Sun has a wonderful editorial in support of “humanist lay leaders in the military, a position Capt. Ryan Jean is trying to obtain: What’s certain, however, is that the military needs to be accepting of those who do not believe, and that apparently hasn’t always been the case at Fort Meade and other [Read More...]

Why Can’t This Army Captain Be a Humanist Lay Leader?

Capt. Ryan Jean isn’t trying to become a Humanist “chaplain” in the Army. He’s trying to become a “humanist lay leader — on a par with the lay Christians, Jews and Muslims who help military chaplains minister to the troops.” It almost seems like a stepping stone to the chaplaincy, a title would would carry [Read More...]

Military Chaplain Leaves Off ‘So Help Me God’ from Atheist Soldier’s Oath

Justin Griffith, the Military Director for American Atheists and the guy behind next spring’s Rock Beyond Belief gathering, recently re-enlisted in the military. When he took his oath, the Christian chaplain overseeing the service respectfully left off “So help me god” It’s reminiscent of Megan Hurwitt godless pledge when she was inducted into the Texas [Read More...]

Why Do We Need Humanist Chaplains in the Military?

The terminology war aside, why are Humanist chaplains in the military so necessary? (And why do we even have military chaplains in the first place?) Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, appeared on The Alyona Show (airing on the network formerly known as Russia Today, with host Alyona Minkovski) to [Read More...]


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