We blogged about the atheist airman who was not allowed to re-enlist unless he could swear the military oath to protect the Constitution “so help me God.” The Air Force has changed its policy to allow that part to be left out, a move being applauded by religious liberty groups. [Read more…]
Enlisting or re-enlisting in a military service requires taking an oath, ending in the words “so help me God.” An atheist airman trying to re-enlist in the Air Force has crossed out those words in the paperwork he is supposed to sign. So the Air Force is not letting him re-enlist.
Lawsuits are in the works. But does it make sense to require a person to swear in the name of a deity he does not believe in? And doesn’t requiring a religious oath for military service constitute a “religious test” for public office, which the Constitution does not allow? More to the point, in a time when the religious liberty of Christians is threatened more and more, don’t Christians need to support the religious liberty of everyone, including atheists? [Read more…]
Atheists are getting organized politically, to the point of forming a Political Action Committee that will endorse candidates, give them money, and organize grass-root support for their campaigns. Already the PAC, known as the Freethought Equality Fund, has endorsed four Congressional candidates. [Read more…]
If you were travelling through Dallas, Chicago , Nashville, Grand Rapids, or other cities in America, Great Britain, or Australia, you might come across a congregation called Sunday Assembly. That would not be what it sounds like, some offshoot of the Assembly of God. This is an assembly of atheists. They meet on Sundays in congregations for singing (not hymns, of course, but songs like “Lean on Me” and “Imagine”), teaching, and fellowship.
We’ve blogged about this before, talking about the group’s liturgy (in fact, the Sunday Assembly website links to our post in the “about” section). After the jump, see the denomination’s 10-point creed. [Read more…]
Brendan O’Neill himself does not believe in God, but he has written a piece entitled How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet – Telegraph Blogs. After rehearsing the various ways atheists have become obnoxious, he offers a rather penetrating analysis of why that is:
So, what’s gone wrong with atheism? The problem isn’t atheism itself, of course, which is just non-belief, a nothing, a lack of something. Rather it is the transformation of this nothing into an identity, into the basis of one’s outlook on life, which gives rise to today’s monumentally annoying atheism. The problem with today’s campaigning atheists is that they have turned their absence of belief in God into the be-all and end-all of their personality. Which is bizarre. Atheism merely signals what you don’t believe in, not what you do believe in. It’s a negative. And therefore, basing your entire worldview on it is bound to generate immense amounts of negativity. [Read more…]