Navy veteran sacrificed his life to save another in Aurora

The Associated Press just put out a blast profiling many of the victims of Friday's massacre in Aurora, CO. One of the first things I noticed in the initial reporting was that two Air Force personnel were accounted for, but one Navy service member was still missing. I kept hoping for this to be clarified as a misunderstanding. As the commotion died down, such a statement did not come. Reports started trickling in of Navy veteran Jonathan Blunk's death by Saturday. From the AP: AURORA, … [Read more...]

Congressman told by DoD that all military suicide victims are atheists

In 2009 a part of the US Army called Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) sprang forward to deal with the rising suicide rate. They spent $125 million taxpayer dollars. They wasted it. The BBC released an article saying that the military's suicide rate has now climbed to roughly one per day. Suicide in the US military has sharply increased this year, hitting a rate of almost one death per day, figures show. As of 3 June, 2012 active-duty suicides reached 154, compared with 130 in the same … [Read more...]

Atheist Chaplain’s Assistant delivers powerful speech (MUST SEE)

Sergeant Nicholas Amann's re-enlistment ceremony was not typical by any means. Sgt. Amann is not your typical soldier. He's prior-infantry but re-classed to chaplain's assistant so he could help other soldiers. He's also an atheist. My wife almost cried when she saw this. Sergeant Nicholas Amann Foxhole Atheist | Chaplains Assistant www.youtube.com/embed/vV6BD6MryY0#t=196 My wife nearly lost it when he choked up a bit. I noticed it came while quoting scripture that urged forgiveness … [Read more...]

Tea Party Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) will be hearing from my lawyers

71 shot, 12 dead. This tragedy had already been re-purposed by opportunist theocrats by early this morning - 8 hours later. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) went on the air and attributed this massacre to 'attacks on Christianity' and specifically cited so-called 'unreleased DoD statistics' that military suicides are all / mostly atheists. I am in the process of writing a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to see what he is talking about. I'm pretty sure he's referring to the illegal, … [Read more...]

Tea Party congressman blames Dark Knight shooting on atheism, points to military.

Igor Volsky has an incredible story at Think Progress. Volsky uncovered a Texas Tea Party congressman blaming the Aurora shooting on 'attacks on Christianity', furthermore citing 'unreleased' DoD suicide statistics pointing to atheists killing themselves. www.youtube.com/embed/Qwqe0lNnUqI? Excerpt: Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed their sympathies for the victims in Friday morning’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, but at least one Republican lawmaker is using the … [Read more...]

When foxhole atheists find each other, they organize

Sergeant Joshua Gould is a foxhole atheist stationed at Fort Bragg. He wrote to me with two important questions, so I'm breaking them into two posts. Do you have some sort of club? So I have been reading your blog for a while and I went to the Rock Beyond Belief a few months ago. I have been lucky in my Army career and have always been open with my beliefs and have never dealt with any persecution of any kind. Well, aside from the strongly religious folks who get upset when discussions come … [Read more...]

Look! I’m in the July / August 2012 issue of Playboy Magazine

Sort of... Well, my activism is in the new issue of Playboy, anyway. Neat! It may appear on slightly different pages, regionally. Perhaps not at all internationally. Cliche 'I read the articles' jokes aside, I've really seen some interesting articles in the pages of that mag. Shit, I even discovered Peter Max's artwork through Playboy. There seriously is some high-brow stuff in there, for those who never looked. Personally, I don't find the so-called 'bombshell look' all that … [Read more...]

How to tell if you’re in an unhealthy relationship (with god)

Is your god controlling you? Telling you where you can and can't go, and even telling you who you can be friends with? Setting all sorts of arbitrary rules? Does your god sometimes get angry and self-righteous? Gary S. asks for advice for those experiencing this: What is it about 'Fearing God?"  If you love someone, does that mean you're supposed to fear them?  Is that a good thing? "I love you with all my heart & soul, but you scare the shit out of me"  WTF???? -Gary S. Dear … [Read more...]

First gay wedding on a US Military base

Slate has an excellent article about the first gay wedding on a US military base. These newlyweds actually met in church - a church that is virulently homophobic. Both remain religious, but are finally able to shed a lifetime of shame and fear. It's a great time to be in the military. Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali (right) and Will Behrens (left) at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst chapel, where their civil union was held on June 23, 2012. [Photo by Jeff Shrugg...many more available on Slate] Tech. … [Read more...]

Craigslist ad: “Praying for a Free new/used car”

Crazy soldiers! lolwut: Yeah I suggest this person make use of the off-post blood / blood platelette donation centers - you can earn more than a car payment every month. *Copypasta below the fold:* … [Read more...]