About Kathleen Johnson

Vice President and past military director for American Atheists

The bullies of baseball…

Even though it doesn't feel like it for most Americans, spring really is almost upon us, and with spring comes baseball.  Unfortunately in this country, you apparently can't attend a major league game (or even other kinds of games) without being forced to participate in a religious exercise or risk opening yourself up for harassment and worse.Here's how this particular bully pulpit works.  Usually around the 6th or 7th inning, the spectators are requested to stand for the playing or signing o … [Read more...]

The Fog of War…

War_on_Christmas

Yep, here we are in the middle of December and as always, the War on Christmas is fully underway.Due to the efforts of those evil atheists and secularists and their attacks on Christianity, saying the words Merry Christmas is now illegal, which forced the great state of Texas to pass a state law guaranteeing a person's right to say Merry Christmas.What's that you say?  It's never actually been illegal to say Merry Christmas anywhere?  But what about that time I went shopping and the c … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Delusions of Relevancy…

UPDATE (original report below)Todd Starnes has produced a followup report where, despite an inaccurate and intentionally misleading headline, he exhibits a temporary bit of sanity by reporting exactly what I stated in my original report.  Starnes admits that the Army did not categorize the AFA as a hate group and that the slideshow presentation was locally produced without input from official policy or higher leadership.  Read for yourself here:Pentagon admits Christian ministry is not a … [Read more...]

The Shame Game..

So, here we are on the brink of a partial government shutdown, all because a certain element of Congress doesn't like the idea of offering affordable, comprehensive medical insurance to poorer Americans, those with pre-existing conditions, uncovered children, those who don't want to face financial ruin and bankruptcy over medical debt, or those who don't want to be chained to their current jobs indefinitely because they need their insurance.  Is the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed ObamaCare, … [Read more...]

What are we doing?

For several months now, I’ve been watching the turmoil within the atheist/skeptic community with concern that’s graduating rapidly into alarm.  I firmly believe that pursing social justice and supporting feminism, within or outside the atheist community, is important, worthy and necessary.  Racists, harassers, sexists, and sexual predators cannot be allowed to dominate and control our message.  However, there seems to be an unfortunate tendency to treat the atheist community as if it’s split in h … [Read more...]

Unfair and Unbalanced..

If Fox News, self-purported to be “fair and balanced” while not being either fair or balanced, didn’t have such a large viewership/readership, I’d give their journalistic efforts no credibility and lump them in with World Net Daily and the other nutty news sources infesting the internet and radio waves.  However, they do have viewers, listeners, and readers, which means there is an unfortunately large number of Americans who believe this network actually produces real news  and relevant, thoughtf … [Read more...]

the fallacy of martyrdom at Fort Hood Texas..

fort hood

At about 1:55 pm today (August 28th, 2013), the long nightmare that Fort Hood (and the nation) has endured finally got closure.  It's a death sentence for MAJ Nidal Hassan and a victory for the so many decent, innocent people who suffered such grievious harm at his hands.I was in the court room for the prosecution's masterful closing arguments and was there when the verdict was read.  Hasan never took his eyes off the panel president as she read the verdict and once read, he slightly nodded a … [Read more...]

Here we go again…

chemwepnsyria

Well, here we are again, on the brink of war, even before we have fully extracted ourselves from our last long national nightmare.  My life-affirming values as atheist/humanist combined with my military experience as a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are telling me that it would be wrong to start down this path again.What’s happening in Syria involving the use of chemical weapons is absolutely horrifying and it is natural and logical that compassionate people would want t … [Read more...]


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