On The Way to Thor’s Hammer….

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An interesting thing happened at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in July (2013), to little fanfare and even less media coverage; the VA approved the addition of the "Hammer of Thor" to their list of symbols allowed to be placed on the tombstones at the grave sites of veterans who are buried in veteran cemeteries.  The newly approved symbol is intended for the practitioners of a form of paganism that worships the Norse pantheon, including Thor, and looks like … [Read more...]

Only Christians need apply….

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Recently, I learned that Naval Academy's beautiful chapel has one major flaw - if you aren't Christian and want to use the facility for your wedding, that's just too bad, because unless you are a Christian, this government owned and operated facility isn't for you.See here for details:Naval Academy Refuses Use of Chapel for Non-Christian WeddingThere are plenty of atheists, humanists, and others of a secular bent who want to enjoy the formal trappings of a formal wedding without the … [Read more...]

Secular Chaplains And A Tale of Two Service Members

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion... A few days ago, the House of Representatives of the United States set aside work on real problems so that they could pass a ban, sponsored by Rep. John Fleming, to prohibit the armed forces from appointing atheists or secular humanists to the chaplaincy.  Rep. Fleming had this to say: "The notion of an atheist chaplain is nonsensical; it's an oxymoron. It is absurd to argue that someone with no spiritual inclination should f … [Read more...]

On Motorcycles and Vaginas….

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This isn't related to atheism or the military, except as it relates to abortion restrictions and the fact that most of those restrictions are put in place by religious people who think they are doing the work of their god.When I first heard about North Carolina senate bill 353, I thought it was a joke right out of the Onion.  After all, who in their right minds would possibly think to link abortion restrictions to motorcycle safety?  Well, as it turns out, the North Carolina senate, that's w … [Read more...]

Adventures in Security Theater

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So, this post really has nothing to do with atheism, or the military, except as it relates to the fact that I was traveling home from the Secular Student Alliance's 2013 eastern conference in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend and I did a talk there that at least was partly related to the military.  Quick word about the SSA conference:  I can't say enough great stuff about the SSA and their conference. It was a truly amazing experience and being located in the same place as all those young, s … [Read more...]

Military Discrimination Against Christians??

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Fox News columnist Todd Starnes is at it again. Determined to see an anti-Christian bias in the military where none exists, he published this in a post from July 8th, 2013: There is a clear and present danger to religious liberty within the military, says a coalition of groups who believe the Obama Administration is pushing a secular, anti-religious culture on the nation's armed forces."Christians who choose to live out their faith find themselves incompatible with the secular view of this admin … [Read more...]


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