My friend over in the Air Force, Daniel Rawlings, is an ex-Mormon and out of the closet atheist. He drove hours to make it to many of our awesome MASH Fort Bragg meetings.
He has now been reassigned much further away to Travis Air Force Base, in California. Such is the transient nature of military life. But take a look at some awesome that he shared with us:
I am in currently in processing into my new squadron here at Travis AFB, one of the steps is a new issue of “Dog Tags” for my squadron.
The guy at the tag machine asks me what my religious preference is,
I say “Atheist”….
He pauses a minute and asks, “Do you mean ‘No Religious Preference?'”
I respond “No I mean Atheist”… he thinks about this for a second, and programs it into the machine.
Then he tells me “Good for you, so am I”.
I love it when I grow a backbone, and make an unknown friend in the process.
I had quite an ordeal getting atheist dogtags myself, but they did actually make it onto wikipedia, so WHOOHOO!
I love it when people share these types of stories with me. If you’ve got one, hit me up. I can remove personally identifying information if necessary.
A facebook group of vocal foxhole atheists would really like to see yours. They are making a gallery, so post!