Military announces ‘Gay Pride Month’

The Army Times ran this AP story last night: WASHINGTON — Last summer, gays in the military dared not acknowledge their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes … [Read more...]

Jessica Ahlquist to speak at Rock Beyond Belief II

If you don't know... Jessica Ahlquist is the brave teenager from Rhode Island who stood up against her school, her town, and her state to get an unconstitutional prayer banner removed from her school that had been standing for 49 years!!! Since she came out to fight for and defend the constitution she has received numerous threats and insults from the religious right but has not waivered in her resolve or backed down in the least. I can honestly say that I don't think I would have been that … [Read more...]

My daughter just doesn’t understand

On the one hand, you have to establish boundaries. On the other hand, if 'caturday' BS exists, I'm allowed to post this stuff about Zoe every once in a while. … [Read more...]

My Christian Tattoo

Why? Prior to my first deployment to Iraq I was still held in the thralls of religion and was questioning it without much in-depth research or analysis. In response I felt like I was sinning for my attempt to step away from God so in an attempt to convince myself that I was still a true believer I went out and got two tattoos on my right forearm. At a time when my cognitive dissonance was at its highest I tried to ignore the rumblings of reason and opted to cling to my errant beliefs in … [Read more...]

Unequally Yoked

So the thing is... Many people assume that since I am an atheist my wife is also an atheist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Now admittedly I am inconsiderate. I'm not too worried about stepping on people's toes but that isn't what makes a marriage work. My wife is a Christian and I am clearly a very active atheist. I've gotten a lot of trolling from some people stating I am going to burn in the eternal pits of hell because of my blatant disregard for any spiritual authority. Sure. … [Read more...]

Proselytizing in Afghanistan

Buddy Jesus wants you to spread the word! This is a pervasive problem within the US Military that I have had a major problem with for many years. The dangers behind this fundamentalist policy can be the actual loss of life to U.S. Servicemembers, many of whom (like myself) are not here to fight a religious battle. This is a video that was recorded in Afghanistan and shows how the Chaplain was giving them instructions on how to proselytize and what to say … [Read more...]

Don’t be this guy

Please, don't be this guy: Which one of you made a YouTube video on how to photoshop? You accidentally taught the 'illustrious' YouTube commenters how to make shitty infographics! I see typically far-right 'anti-socialism' (welfare queen) surprisingly mixed with typically far-left anti-nationalism (fuck the troops!) There's also some smug gay-bashing going on here... Westboro? No, they only use MS-Paint for their signs. This is something new. I made this as a reply, in case this new … [Read more...]

Long live FtB

I bellyflopped on a karaoke song last night on this blog. I said 'FtB is dead'. I did it to show people that there is no secret cabal here. I can suck at singing, I can make mistakes, and I can criticize my fellow bloggers. I didn't warn them, and they probably didn't even read it. Which is probably good because I didn't even mean it. The perception that there is some FtB-wide policy, or talking points memo dictating our blogs is false. FtB is great. Seriously, there aren't any meetings. … [Read more...]

FtB is dead FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. YES THAT'S RIGHT, FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. FTB IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. ITS JUST ANOTHER CHEAP PRODUCT FOR THE CONSUMERS HEAD. Meaningless talk over wires and transistors, Schoolboy sedition backed by big time promoters. Dispatched from the Culture Clash, But not for revolution, it's just for cash. 'Atheist' became a fashion just like hippy used to be And it ain't got shit do with you or me. Movements … [Read more...]

Aloha, foxhole atheist pride

These foxhole atheists are not in the closet. Fuck yes! … [Read more...]