Legendary Musician and Non-Believer John Lennon Died 30 Years Ago Today

At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building.  Rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm.His impact on music is unfathomable. His murder is one of the greatest injustices of all time, certainly the most tragic moment in music history. Lennon's legend lives on through his timeless songs, and his outspoken activ … [Read more...]

Evangelist Franklin Graham banned by the Army earlier this year, continues to host other events on Bases

On September 25th, Franklin brought his evangelical 7.5 hour long event to Fort Bragg. His stated goal was to convert as many soldiers and their spouses. Fort Bragg was far from the first location of the so-called "Rock the Fort" events. They've bragged about converting over 500 soldiers on stage at the same time at one event, and 123 at another last year. There is a lot more to this story, and we've written extensively about this here and Atheist Oasis has an excellent lengthy treatment … [Read more...]

Secular Vendors at Fort Bragg’s Rock Beyond Belief festival

Rock Beyond Belief will be expecting several thousand attendees, and we are certainly hoping to attract as many secular vendors as possible. While we are still waiting for official endorsement and sponsorship from Fort Bragg's Special Events division, we have already started to lock in some amazing vendors. If you would like to set up a tent or booth with us, use the contact form and give us a brief description of who you are and what you sell.Handmade Ceramic Jewelry for and by … [Read more...]

ACLU vs Rock the Fort, evangelical event sponsored by US Army and Billy Graham Evangelical Association

The ACLU's North Carolina Legal Foundation has been corresponding with Secretary of the Army, John McHugh about the recent Rock the Fort events that seem to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The letter to Sec. McHugh can be viewed here and it contains a relevant letter from the Fort Bragg garrison Chaplain. Highlights include: [Emphasis mine] According to a letter sent on Department of the Army letterhead by Chaplain Colonel David P. Hillis (see enclosed letter), this … [Read more...]