Why I’m leaving Rock Beyond Belief

^that guy^

Dubble yew Tee Eff!!

I’ve been absent for awhile and I wish it were under better conditions that I was able to make another post. Unforunately, I will be leaving Rock Beyond Belief 2. My efforts to get this movement off the ground running have taken me on a short journey I thought I would never be a part of.

I have been fortunate enough to meet so many amazing people within the freethought movement and learn about a community that I previously was unaware of. A community of people who care as deeply about the separation of church and state as I do. A community which is wholly dedicated to defending the constitution, not only with words but with action. A community I am proud to now be a part of. This does not mean I am leaving for good. It is a temporary stay of absence and I promise you I will be back.

I am, however, asking you to pick up where I’m leaving off. I have been forced to make a very hard decision but it is one I do not regret. I first and foremost have a responsibility to the Marines under my charge. I have felt pressure from so many different people, organizations, and institutions since embarking on this attempt to exercise my rights for us to celebrate together. But the mission always comes first. I have to ensure I bring my Marines home safely. Each and every one of them is like a brother to me and those of you that have served know full well what I am speaking about. If I haven’t done everything in my power to bring each one of them home then I have failed as a Marine and a leader.

So what now…?

As I continue on with the missions that are handed down to me on this, my fourth, deployment I hope you all can throw your support behind this man:

Christopher Herr

He’s just as tenacious as me and I can vouch for him thoroughly. He is going to take over where I’m leaving off and I hope you all provide him the same support that you’ve generously given to me. He’s a fucking badass and he’s a Marine like me.

As the new Lead Coordinator for Rock Beyond Belief 2 I know he’s going to bring a lot to the table and he is entirely capable of making this event something beyond measure. The mere fact that we are going to be able to make a difference in the military for the 23.4% of us that don’t believe is a grand step.

This doesn’t mean I’m out of the game. I’ll be checking in from time to time and I hope that in my absence you can put on a wonderful event that I can be proud to have been a part of. When I do get back, though….just stand the fuck by!

I’ve got more shit up my sleeve!

Semper Fidelis

-Paul Loebe

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  • Marlon

    Thank you for the post, and hope for the best, just dont forget yourself. and come back safe. Good luck.


  • Cam Pence

    Hey Paul,

    Linz and I praying for your safety and we are thankful for your service to our country more than you know. Be safe and, once again, thank you.

    • Justin Griffith

      It’s good to see that Paul has touched lives so much that they reach out across the aisle like this. I assure you everyone here probably winced a little at your ‘praying’ comment, but appreciate your good intentions. I get this a lot too, and it doesn’t make me angry. It just makes me do the mental calculation ‘is it worth the hassle to explain? Do I have time right now?’

      In the end I usually avoid a discussion, and go for a lighthearted retort. I alternate between:
      “Thanks for what you mean by that, friend. Take care.”
      “Maybe yours will cancel out the people praying against me, haha! See ya later.”
      (FYI – this actually has happened.)

  • Mina

    Thank you for your service, for all your hard work and for being such a wonderful person to talk to.

    Be safe.

  • Weaver

    Duty first – though it must have been very tough, it is a mark of what a good leader you are that you identified a need to step back from a desired goal in order to accomplish your primary duty of training your subordinates to give them the best chance of coming back from their combat mission.

    I hope once your next tour is over, and you have more time available, you’ll continue your contribution toward support of the atheist military community – because they need your help too.

    Semper Fi, Marine!

    Paul Weaver

    SFC, USA (RET)

  • Paul Loebe

    Just for clarification I am staying on at American Atheists. As I said….

    I will be back

  • Pierce R. Butler

    I will be back

    Please do all you can to do this not in a box with a flag draped over it… (Obama’s not worth it!)

  • Paul Loebe

    Well if that happens I won’t be able to regret it.

  • Paul Loebe

    Thanks again for your concern and support. I’ve gotta run. S/F

  • Brenda Germain

    Thank you for your service, come home safe!

  • Ty

    Thank you for your many levels of service.

  • Steve Schlicht

    Hey Paul,

    Thanks for all that you do, my friend.

    Let us know where we can ship you care packages and if you or your troops need anything, please let us know.

    Our family has been sending such packages to deployed soldiers and atheists overseas for quite some time.

    Remember, we’re here for you, we got your back!

    Steve Schlicht and Family

  • Dermot Meuchner

    Fare thee well Marine. Be safe and thank you.

  • Justin Griffith

    The door is always open here, at the festival, and obviously at AA. You rock!

  • Tig

    Home safe, Mission accomplished, you and your men. Semper Fi.

  • Paul Hunter


  • Keep your head down…

  • christophburschka

    I hope you all can throw your support behind this man

    He looks a bit young for that much responsibility, but I’m certain he’s up to the challenge.