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...]

You’ll Want to Salute Megan Hurwitt After Watching This Video

There’s a new Foxhole Atheist — Megan Hurwitt — and the video of her induction into the Texas Army National Guard is something I’m not used to seeing: Justin Griffith offers this transcript: “I, your name.” I, Megan Hurwitt. “Do solemnly swear.” Do solemnly affirm.*pause* “To support and defend” To support and defend “The Constitution [Read More...]

There Are Some Brave Atheists in Foxholes

Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, has a great interview in The Atlantic about atheists in foxholes: What services could military chaplains provide to atheists? Should they be handing out books by Christopher Hitchens or Richard Dawkins? … Every military chaplain has to agree to provide mentorship and support to [Read More...]