Foxhole Atheists organize. MASH chapter sprouts in Fort Campbell, Kentucky

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, … [Read more...]

Humanist Hour interview with ‘foxhole atheist’ Justin Griffith

The American Humanist Association's monthly podcast, the Humanist Hour, interviewed me about Rock Beyond Belief, Spiritual Fitness, and the Soldier Fitness Tracker. Jes Constantine has been running the show for many years, and is now joined by Todd Stiefel, of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation as co-host. We had a great time, and the masterful editing by Jes greatly enhanced the flow. Music from our artists are intertwined effortlessly while somehow remaining contextually relevant to the … [Read more...]

Army Spiritual Fitness Concert Cost: $100K+ FOIA Docs Released

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) initiated a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request when the controversial Rock the Fort concert came to Fort Bragg, NC.  FOIA requests understandably take some time to process. However, we are excited to finally get an inside look at exactly how much support the Billy Graham Evangelical Association was given in order to evangelize as many soldiers, spouses, and civilians from the local area on stage. That was their stated purpose, and of course that … [Read more...]

Symphony of Science – The Big Beginning

Rock Beyond Belief performer, MelodySheep is out with another entry in his brilliant Symphony of Science series of music videos.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HBkZPyfpdE"The Big Beginning" is the eighth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It deals with the origins of our universe, covering the Big Bang theory, expansion and cooling of the universe, formation of galaxies, the interplay between matter and anti-matter, and cosmic radiation. The music video features … [Read more...]

US Military Defines Spirituality…?

You might have guessed that 99.9% of references are explicitly religious. Good guess! There seems to be a sudden rush to walk this back in the light of all the exposure the Army's mandatory Spiritual Fitness testing is getting. The mental gymnastics required to divorce their concept of Spiritual Fitness from Religion illustrate exactly why we should avoid using such loaded terms.They seem to want people to think that Spiritual Fitness or Spirituality:has nothing to do with … [Read more...]

Yahweh or the Highway: Mandatory Army Spiritual Fitness

I'm sure that most readers are aware of the aspects of Spiritual Fitness that Rock Beyond Belief has taken issue with. Notably, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's proselytism on a grand scale, and the mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker that foxhole atheists fail because they are spiritually unfit. But the powers that be always argue that the word 'Spiritual' doesn't mean 'religious' at all! Well I've decided to take this issue to an online blog (you're reading it.)On the heels of the … [Read more...]

Spiritually Unfit Soldiers FORCED to see Chaplains, to get “born again”

I just received this chilling letter from a Soldier who recently took the mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker test, shared to me with permission, from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). The name has been withheld out of fear, but I'm assured that this matter is being worked very hard.[note: emphasis mine, and I broke it into paragraphs, as the email communication garbled the formatting.] Before I tell you, Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF of my total outrage at the U.S. Army for … [Read more...]

Dan Barker joins the lineup!

On the heels of the recent announcement of Richard Dawkins' addition to our lineup, comes another atheist power hitter.  Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Dan Barker, has agreed to be a speaker and musician at our upcoming secular festival on Fort Bragg. The FFRF are dedicated to empowering non-theists, and protecting the constitutional separation of Church and State. Dan is a very well spoken atheist and activist, and FFRF's legal department certainly had a very big … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X