This map of our festival’s layout is freaking certain people out

Can you spot who?

Hint: it’s the ‘building’ that looks like Macaulay Culkin.

Jason Torpy from MAAF just sent me this. I laughed like a bastard. He said it was in response to the deafening silence coming from the chaplaincy at Fort Bragg. Not a single one at Fort Bragg seems to want to speak about it to anyone.

One chaplain who just left Fort Bragg didn’t get the memo, when he recently demanded that commanders “stop us from burning down churches.”

I know there are some chaplains out there who really do get it, and really want to support us. Please, break ranks and join us on Saturday. Enjoy it with us. Perhaps ask some questions to our lineup. Be respectful, and you’ll get it in return. You can tell people you are Christian, just don’t try to make them Christians. If the subject comes up organically, there’s nothing wrong with interacting with each other, as long as it’s respectful. Take off your uniform if you have to, just come out!

We really just want a seat at the same table, and we’re really not all that scary. When society looks back on this, they’ll see all the people who got in the way as bigots. Get ahead of this one.

Look at my re-enlistment ceremony. I approached this very high ranking chaplain (full bird Colonel) because he and I had become so close over the last year. I could have picked any officer, really. A chaplain is almost unheard of, though. He didn’t hesitate to agree, and he said he was in fact honored to do it. And he honored my request to leave out “So help me god.” without flinching.

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  • Gregory in Seattle

    Oh, the humanity!

    I’m curious about the commercial vendor sites that seem to be set up across Armistead St. Are those for the… ah, opposition?

  • It took me a moment to find the picture, but for a moment I was convinced it was because the area bordered by those streets is almost sort of not quite one of those eeebil satanistic pentagons, which as we all know are just pentagrams with the corners filed off!!!!1!

  • Vin Rohm


    Tell Jason Torpy I said “Hi!” We served together in Iraq in 03 with the 1st AD.

  • F

    Look, I know burning down churches is somewhat of a popular pastime, you all probably enjoyed this as youths, but we’d ask that you refrain burning down any churches or other religious facilities, either on or off base, during this festival or at any time during which you are still an active service member. Thank you.

  • Luc Nerwinski

    This is great news, Justin! Just one question: I live in Fayetteville (a little way off Reilly Rd). I have never been on base, however. Can I just drive up Reilly Road to the site? What do I need to get on base? Directions for those of us unfamiliar with Fort Bragg would sure be helpful.

    See you Saturday.


  • Tex

    lmao seems like if yall wanted to be really spiteful you could have arranged things with the camp Quest area infront of the church & Chaplains buildings so they could continuously make the Macaulay Culkin face while thinking of the children. As is I think they should be rather pleased they have a front row seat to witness from.

  • L Chhay

    My family and I are planning to attend, but we happened upon this event by accident (I was browsing Dawkins articles). My husband is enlisted and I am a veteran. Neither of us heard anything about it on post.

    Questions: Were is the parking? Are there shuttles? Have you made civilians aware of the ID check at the gate, and which entrances they can use at which times? GPS doesn’t always map Bragg- will there be signs to guide those who are unfamiliar with post? Have you promoted the event at The Rock Shop (through their web page) and other venues around town? Has the Fayetteville Feed promoted the event? Are there flyers at the dining facilities and the MWR centers?

    Maybe silly questions, but I want this event to be a HUGE success!!

  • Steve provides all the event details.

  • James

    F: I think we’ve made it clear that your religously significant gathering places wil be spared this time.

  • L Chhay

    I could not find the answers to those questions on the site.

  • joulesm

    Yeah!! I used to be in the Air Force, and every time I was promoted, I specifically asked the oath-giving officer to leave out “so help me god”, and they all have graciously done so.

  • Ron Pittser

    That chaplain does indeed GET IT…he is one of the few who beleive in freedom it would seem. Congrats on your re-enlistment by the way; I was afraid some fundie would find some goofball way to bar your re-up on some technicality. I was fortunate that at my last re-enlistment I had a closeted atheist do my oath and he did the same thing…he also was and is a great patriot who has his priorities straight.

    Best to you man. I am unable to attend but I hope this RBB is off the charts for you and the atheist world! -Ron

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