MSNBC and NPR cover mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker tests for Spiritual Fitness / Religion

Last Week, Keith Olberman of MSNBC, contacted me for an interview regarding the Soldier Fitness Tracker controversy. This kind of national visibility is exactly what this test for religion needs. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be cleared by my Public Affairs Office (PAO) in time for the intense time constraints of their production deadline. However, Rock Beyond Belief speaker, and Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) President and Founder, Mikey Weinstein was able to hook up with Keith … [Read more...]

Richard Dawkins to Speak at Fort Bragg’s Rock Beyond Belief

Richard Dawkins is arguably the most well-known advocate for evolution, biology, and atheism in modern times. We are extremely pleased to announce that Richard will be speaking at our festival on post at Fort Bragg, this Spring.We've certainly come a long way since September 25th, when Franklin Graham (already banned from the pentagon) rolled through Fort Bragg with his Rock the Fort series of events. Our all volunteer group has accomplished much, and at each step we've been excited to break … [Read more...]

MASH : Official Meetup for Military Atheists & Secular Humanists (Civilians Too)

Military Atheists & Secular Humanists Fort Bragg, NC M*A*S*HMASH is a meetup group launched a few days ago by my wife, Tianna, with the help of some of the most influential local non-theists. We are hopeful that with the recent positive exposure that our issues and groups have been getting, that a lot more soldiers, spouses, and military-town workers will come forward in the spirit of Richard Dawkins' Out Campaign.If you live anywhere near Fort Bragg, please join up! (It's 100% free.) … [Read more...]

Smoking Gun proves Mandatory Army Spiritual Fitness Test is Religious Test, Unconstitutional

My (civilian) wife just took the controversial Global Assessment Tool / Soldier Fitness Tracker survey a few days ago, and she, like myself and hundreds of other foxhole atheists, failed the Spiritual Fitness section based on her honest answers. My wife did screen captures of all of it and I think you should see some things that got by the initial MAAF-leak (denoted with *).There are some major problems with the new data. The new 'Spiritual' questions are much more offensive than the first 5. … [Read more...]

Soldiers forced to attend Spiritual Fitness Christian Concert or be punished

This is what we at Rock Beyond Belief are up against.httpv:// the recent events of the Soldier Fitness Tracker scandal that I broke, and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's proselytizing series of 7 hour concerts and preaching across the nation, it is becoming evident that the entire murky Spiritual Fitness concept needs to go.How is this not a bigger story in America? Why is this STILL a problem? These reporters contacted me for a story as … [Read more...]

How a non-theist Soldier fails mandatory Spirituality test

Ed Brayton's popular ScienceBlog: Dispatches From the Culture Wars has been very nice to Rock Beyond Belief. Ed has posted about what we are trying to do with our festival, and has even graciously agreed to emcee the event. Since I broke the dreadful Soldier Fitness Tracker survey story last week, a lot of attention has been devoted to that topic all over the internet. Ed's latest article about that story sparked some interesting commentary that made me realize that people didn't understand how … [Read more...]

Despite rumors: SGT Griffith does exist. Sorry, fundies!

Last week, I was (somehow) the first person to break the news about the Soldier Fitness Tracker (SFT) survey which implies that atheists like myself are unfit as soldiers, need therapy, and lack a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.Well the story went viral and the millions of people trying to get to my site made our server explode. Luckily, there were many articles that summed it all up within hours all over the secular blogosphere. We expect some major developments from a variety of … [Read more...]