My all out War on Christmas was thwarted!

Every Christmas, I try to break down barriers on a face to face level. It's all about increasing respect, visibility, and acceptance of atheists in the military community. I'll always volunteer for the 24 hour staff-duty shift, that some poor bastard always gets stuck with. The staff duty job is assigned on a rotational basis, 365 days a year. The assignments are determined through a system that is about as fair as the command makes it (mine does a good job). Christians make up right … [Read more...]

Visual representation of atheists fighting for equality and winning

This is a before and after shot documenting the rapid changes the commanders at Travis Air Force Base are implementing. I made Dan Rawlings' quite legitimate 'Let there be light...' complaint public on Wednesday morning. The picture at the bottom represents Wednesday night. Click to embiggen. Foxhole atheists are demanding equality at every step. This year, we started winning. - (Tuesday night on Top; Wednesday night on Bottom) American Atheists just donated the sign to Staff … [Read more...]

Agnostic from Travis Air Force Base hates mockery, can’t spell ‘atheist’

The sign says "Have a safe holiday season". But you'd think it said "I toss Christians into the Sun", judging from the butt hurt coming out of this self identified 'agnostic' also stationed at Travis AFB (verified) who hated the signs. "I think it’s more than a bit funny that you **NEED** christianity in order to define your faith (and yes, atheism is a faith). Nothing more than an asterisk on the end of Christianity. What’s the point? I am an agnostic…you’re all dumb. Should have … [Read more...]

Free “Artificial CHRISTmas Tree”

Once again, Fort Bragg area Craigslist weirdos provide hilarious blog fodder. Last time, we were all accused of being 'absconding interlopers' by a five time violent felon. Good times. This week's adventure brings us no closer to sanity. Artificial CHRISTmas Tree *** Curb Alert Christmas tree is sitting by the road - Trash man comes around 8am tomorrow morning (Monday). Merry Christmas y'all!!! LOLWUT? I thought the 'Christmas Tree' was somewhat vilified by the fundies as 'taking … [Read more...]

Navy ship’s Christmas party fundraiser lead to the Navy’s “1st gay kiss” photo

Apparently, there is a tradition involving a raffle with an interesting prize: first person off the ship!  Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, an 'out' lesbian, won the raffle shortly before returning from 80 days at sea on Wednesday. (Brian J. Clark/The Virginian-Pilot/AP) This photograph captured an amazing moment at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, VA. No longer shackled by DADT, Gaeta enjoys a moving kiss with her girlfriend of two years, Petty … [Read more...]

Travis Air Force Base now ensures uniformed lighting for holiday displays

American Atheists donated the twice-vandalized holiday sign to Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings and the atheists at Travis MASH. The sign simply says "Have a safe holiday season - from the atheists at Travis MASH". Rawlings remained in constant contact with me and described each step of his wildly successful efforts for equality. As we mentioned earlier, one of the remaining disparities was the lighting for the different displays. The Nativity Scene was permitted much more lighting than anyone … [Read more...]

National Guard advertises on a foxhole atheist’s blog

The National Guard is advertising on a foxhole atheists 'online blog'! These advertisements come from a large ad serving company, obviously. If you know how web advertising works, this is not as 'cool' as it sounds. So forgive me for building up this molehill. This is like the time I saw Military Intelligence jobs being advertised on FriendlyAtheist. … [Read more...]

Cold War account of why Mormons were over-represented as military translators

This is an excerpt from a very funny atheist Army veteran. I had no idea that many Mormons use/used the military as a way to learn languages for their missionary work. It makes sense. Late in her career, she describes being harassed simply for being pregnant or a woman, etc. The harassers were the same religious people who spent so much time trying to convert her. I was in from 1987-1990 during the end of the cold war when interrogators went to language school for a year or so. But … [Read more...]

The atheist sign at Travis Air Force Base was vandalized again

This happened sometime before dawn, and is the second definitive act of vandalism. A piece of paper was scotch taped to the sign that said "GOD LOVES YOU". In case this had to be said, this was not part of the sign. At least the vandals did not do permanent damage, but this is troubling to say the least. What does this say about the perpetrators? It says they don't respect other's or their property, fail to understand humor and irony (FSM is a 'god' of sorts), and lack the courage to … [Read more...]

Let there be light, and a lot more of it for baby Jesus

Fresh off of being vandalized, the officials at Travis Air Force Base secure the lighting for the atheist sign. Sounds good right? Well like many parts of the story, it's once again 2 steps forward, one step back. Progress, but seriously... what the hell? They took down his 120 watt bulb, and replaced it with a 40 watt bulb. Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings explains in an epic Facebook post. Click to embiggen Let there be light!! …. and a lot more for Baby Jesus. The wise men only … [Read more...]