Air Force censors the atheist holiday display

Air Force officials have at Travis AFB are at it again, but probably not in the way you’d expect. Take a look.

This sign was at first banned by the chaplaincy. Then the media and legal attention made them reverse their decision a few days later. Now they want the (already printed) sign to be changed – once again moving the goalpost.

They correctly assume that this thing will be in many newspapers, as the brave local atheist Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings champions it. They must surely be thinking about how much free publicity the atheist community at Travis is going to get. They can’t have any of that, so the facebook URL must be covered up with tape!

They claim it’s an advertising rule, but have no problem with the other symbols and messages, or the mention of Travis MASH on the top side. It’s BS. They simply want to stop people from joining the Travis MASH facebook page.

Click here to see the facebook page that the Air Force doesn’t want you to see.

They are a new start up in the larger MAAF Network, and all other bases should start something like it (or join the existing one). Any and all military atheists can contact me at American Atheists for this type of real world support. Those interested in getting rid of the entire display altogether (including us) should get with MRFF for more details.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/yovonnea yovonneaallyouneedtoknowistheinitial

    I may be more of an Agnostic with Pagan/Wiccan/Shamanic leanings, but I firmly support Atheists and their rights. I’m glad you guys are getting so much press out of this; keep up the great work!

  • Aliasalpha

    Couldn’t they compromise? The religious bullies get to feel big by the atheists agreeing to cover the url of ultimate evil with tape and the atheists get to feel smart by using transparent tape

  • tms

    I think that the command at Travis is going to get a lesson in the “Streisand Effect”.

  • http://kathymanzella.com Kathy Manzella

    Do you think the Flying Spaghetti was necessary, though? It doesn’t represent atheism. By using this symbol, it looks as if atheists are poking fun at theists – sorta juvenile. If atheists want to be taken seriously we should lift ourselves up without having to put others down in a snarky way.

    I totally agree with exposing religion for what it is (craziness)…there are just better ways of doing it if we want others to listen.

    I think the Facebook link should stay. It’s too bad it was removed.

    Keep it up and thanks!!

    Kathy

  • beerslayer

    Instead of using a single line of tape to neatly obscure the URL, perhaps X’ing it out using a few large Xs of black duct tape would make the point better. There would be no doubt that something had been censored.

    Another thought: tape over the URL a big black box with the word “CENSORED” on it.

  • Aquaria

    Do you think the Flying Spaghetti was necessary, though? It doesn’t represent atheism. By using this symbol, it looks as if atheists are poking fun at theists – sorta juvenile. If atheists want to be taken seriously we should lift ourselves up without having to put others down in a snarky way.

    Oh shut up, you sniveling Kumbaya fuckface.

    For fuck’s sake, it’s humor. Get some, you whining nitwit.

  • Makoto

    I like the thought of making it very obvious that the item is censored (and who was behind the censorship) – and perhaps adding a QR image code linking back to the FB page. Taped on, of course.

    • papango

      That’s a great idea. They could put “We Can’t Tell You About Our Facebook Page” over the address.


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