Some of you may remember the Military Atheists & Secular Humanists initiative that we launched a few weeks back. Here in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, it’s been wildly successful. MASH Chapters are open to military members, spouses / family members, and civilians. Being an atheist in a military town is not always easy. Our goals include: getting officially recognized by the post chaplaincy, and meetings advertised on the master list of services along with the Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Wiccans etc. Of course, atheism is not a religion. The military asks all of us our religious preference and we want the same level of support for our preference (none). We want a community of like-minded individuals, and a. Not to mention the fact that raising awareness and tolerance for foxhole atheists gets a big boost from being legitimized in such an official capacity.
We put a call out to the rest of our foxhole atheist brothers and sisters to start your own MASH chapter. Fort Campbell, you just got yours!
Grace Quiroz is a brave Army wife. Her husband is deployed, and she is standing strong and trying to build a local support group for others. This kind of selflessness is exactly the type of glue that bonds a successful community. Grace is no stranger to secular activism, and is the Humanist/Atheist about town.
Grace has already been successful with the chapter Secular Student Alliance that she has a leadership role in. Now she is taking that experience and applying it to the national push for respect, tolerance, and equality for military members who happen to be non-believers.
All Fort Campbell soldiers are highly encouraged to join this community. A typical MASH Chapter needs to reach a critical mass of 20+ local members in a finite amount of time. Keep in mind that as with all MASH chapters, Soldiers, spouses, and civilians are welcome so please spread the word about this wonderful new meetup group. Contact MAAF / USAMASH to start your own chapter.
Please drop by the Fort Campbell MASH meetup, and ‘like’ them on Facebook, you know it only takes a few seconds. Please offer your support. If you know any foxhole atheists that are based anywhere near Campbell, please send them over to Grace!