Atheist Sergeant Speaks About Compassion for Gays in the Military

Sergeant Nicholas Amann was recently re-enlisted as a chaplain’s assistant. During the ceremony, he gave a speech in which he refers to his atheism and standing up for gay members of the military: Beautiful speech. Love this line: “People are more important than beliefs. You can lose your beliefs in the time it takes you [Read More…]

If the Boy Scouts Want to Discriminate, the U.S. Military Shouldn’t Support Them

This is a follow-up to Hemant’s recent post about the re-affirmation of Boy Scout discrimination. This issue is well-known, with a 1995 article from The Humanist surveying federal funding of the Boy Scouts, activities by reform group Scouting For All, and Margaret Downey‘s lawsuit against the Boy Scouts. The Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (which I lead) has [Read More…]

Is It Fair for the Israeli Military to Draft Ultra-Religious People?

The God Discussion recently reported on the efforts by Israeli reformers to draft the Ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi Jews, into military service… but the Haredim are pushing back: The Haredim study the Torah and pray from morning to dusk, for a lifetime.  They believe that worship and duty is their purpose… The Haredim say that they already [Read More…]

Secular Students of the Military: An Interview with Jason Torpy

This is the fourth post in a series of interviews with secular students and leaders in the U.S. military, inspired by comments on this post. Different Academy students correctly pointed out that each branch of the military has a different culture and levels of religiosity, yet you will see here that all are fairly religious. Non-theistic [Read More…]

Republican Lawmakers Are Wrong to Say U.S. Air Force is ‘Hostile’ to Religion

According to that great bastion of honest and impartial reporting, FOX News has revealed that 66 Republicans have signed a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta alleging that the U.S. Air Force is “hostile” to religion. The letter cites several incidents which they claims shows that the Air Force is taking separation of church and state “too far” — [Read More…]