Goodnight, MASH Fort Bragg

www.youtube.com/embed/AI8NuFAETMQ? I am so proud of all of you. Thanks for sticking in there and being the example to all the other MASH groups that are sprouting up. It's up to you now. I'm leaving - I'm a recruiter now - hooray! Effective immediately, I'm quitting this group. I love you all (in god's gay way) and I wish nothing but the best for the new leadership. You should all stay active in this group and participate to your fullest. You've got something special here, please keep it … [Read more...]

I’ll take a baby on the rocks, shaken not stirred

So I get email. I'll spare you because it was simply lyrics to a god-botherer song. I replied "Poetry sucks. Get a guitar." That riled him up, so he expressed anger and then sent me another set of lyrics. This was my second reply: By the rivers of Babylon  You really did babble on Crazy - yet not like a fox  Your bible says to remember Zion I’ll Hide my kid from the rocks  That you want to smash her head on. Seriously, read Psalm 137 all the way through. Sing it to the tune … [Read more...]

Church sign fail “Jesus – making atheists backslide for 2000 years”

The word 'backslide' has a very specific meaning. It doesn't mean what they think it means. Click to embiggen: Wikipedia sums it up: This article is about the theological phenomenon. For the dance, see Moonwalk (dance). Backsliding is a term used within Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire. In other … [Read more...]

Anti-gay marriage legislation directly affects straight couples

On September 20, 2011 Don't Ask, Don't Tell was officially repealed. This was a huge victory for all the soldiers, organizations, politicians, and citizens that put their time and effort into combating DADT. Obviously, the LGBT rights issue is far from settled in the military. But here at Fort Bragg, N.C. we've got a special kind of hate and coming from the state legislature. And you can help! The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has a new campaign – combating North Carolina’s … [Read more...]

Trolls really are ‘misplacing’ the 1st issue of atheist magazine!

Unfortunately... I was right. My wife checked the Fort Bragg area Barnes and Noble around 3 PM. The clerk couldn't find any of the three copies they had in their inventory. My wife left empty handed. Later that night (7PM), the new acting president of the Military Atheists & Secular Humanists at Fort Bragg (MASH Fort Bragg), Mildred, had the same experience. So the magazines were still 'somewhere'. I asked Mildred to check thoroughly. She didn't see it anywhere. She got a clerk to … [Read more...]

Atheist magazine now at 247 Barnes & Nobles, help counter-troll!

Navy veteran and American Atheists Communication Director, Blair Scott posted this on the American Atheists website: Today the American Atheist Magazine, a publication of American Atheists, Inc. is now available in the magazine stands at 247 Barnes & Noble Bookstores and Bookworld Stores nationwide! This is the first time ever that the word ATHEIST has been prominent in a magazine rack at a bookstore. Sweet! It's available here in the Fort Bragg / Fayetteville area. I hate to … [Read more...]

This disgruntled retired chaplain is clearly from outer space

Some of you may remember the atheist-bashing retired chaplain, David Druckenmiller. Days after he retired, he let me know how he really felt about me - and the looming atheist festival. He was an integral part of the event that spawned ours. He is also a robot from outer space. Imagine Mitt Romney but with grammar lessons taken straight from YouTube comments. By request, I'm now releasing the follow up novel comment from Dave. He may have discovered spell-check... but you can't fix stupid. … [Read more...]

Off the record, Sgt. Griffith is doing the work of Satan

Enough time has passed that I can share this bizarre little story. A powerful chaplain refused to speak to the press about RBB, citing an unverified order from above. He just couldn't help himself from saying something. A documentary is in post-production right now about the lead up to RBB, keep an eye out. Scott Burdick, the filmmaker, relayed his experience talking to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Antonio McElroy. Scott called the Garrison Chaplain's office, hoping to speak to any chaplain about the … [Read more...]

PBS coverage of Rock Beyond Belief

Check it out! Rachel Medley's soundbites were triumphant and prescient - despite some setbacks RBB faced at getting the Golden Knights to agree to jump. I'm comfortable with my own comments, as well. I've been the victim of unethical editing before, and I'm glad to say this is not one of those times. My favorite part of the report comes from Richard Dawkins' speech. Indeed. To all of the people who thought our festival was offensive, please redirect your anger to the people who … [Read more...]

PBS will air their coverage of the military atheist festival this weekend

PBS sent a team out to Fort Bragg to cover the festival and interview me. It's for their long running Religion and Ethics Newsweekly program. It seemed to go really well so keep an eye out. The show airs at different days and times in different markets (and is absent in a few). They've made it easy to find out when it's airing in your area on their website. My dad can watch from Dallas, where it's airing twice on Saturday morning (6:30 and 10:30). Hi, Dad! My mom can watch from Naples, … [Read more...]