High ranking chaplain leaves out ‘so help me god’ (awesome video)

Amazingly, this just happened.http://www.youtube.com/embed/7XQXBAGQ7xY?I already typed this into YouTube's description, so forgive the 3rd person narrative.The Chaplain respectfully leaves off "so help me god" for the deployed atheist soldier's re-enlistment ceremony.Chaplain (Colonel) Strohm is overseeing Sergeant Justin Griffith's re-enlistment ceremony. The Chaplain is a devout Christian with decades of active-duty service.Sergeant Griffith is the Military Director for … [Read more...]

Don’t buy ‘pray for our troops’ ribbons, buy the troops a beer

 ...Seriously.The "Pray for our troops" ribbons, stickers, and magnets have only proven to help the makers of ribbons, stickers, and magnets. For the same price, you can just buy one of us a beer.I showed a few (religious) soldiers this today. Typical reply: "Hell yeah!" We already have armor and technology to protect us. We have doctors to mend the wounds that can be healed. Some still wont make it, and the ones that do will proudly raise a glass in their honor.I … [Read more...]

Coming out as an atheist at Marine Corps League veteran’s group

The following is sent in by David Z. – A former Marine Corps NCO. He's sent me some pretty amazing stories that I've shared here, including being briefly arrested for not attending an inter-faith event during his training, and his run-in with future-WWE wrestler, Randy Orton - who beats people up for Jesus.In case you didn't know, I am the Marine who sent you my story about Randy Orton. I told you about "outing" myself to my Marine Corps League and that I got a "no atheists in foxholes" type re … [Read more...]

Shitfaced in the Portal Potty

I've been deployed to the sandbox for several months. So I made this:What do you think about my Portal Potty?Don't get the joke? You must not have played the science and physics-based video game Portal (or it's incredible sequel - what an ending!) That's okay, you don't have to play it to get it, but you totally should. Even if you don't like video games.Watch this 30 second clip, and you'll get the idea.http://www.youtube.com/embed/H50wW4eAFKo?Portals are person-sized … [Read more...]

Hill Street Blues actor Daniel Travanti disparages atheists in foxholes

EllenBeth Wachs, the Florida atheist who has been harassed and arrested by a religious zealot in the Polk County Sherriff's Dept recently shared something with me.It involves B-list Hollywood actor Daniel Travanti of Hill Street Blues 'fame'. He played Captain Frank Furillo, if you were trying to remember this 'Where are they now' thespian.Apparently he sent a rambling hate letter to my friend EllenBeth, and invoked the 'No atheists in foxholes' canard. But he doesn't seem to pull it off … [Read more...]

Religion is like a NSFW

I'm sure you've seen the original.Even many religious people identify with it. The sentiment "don't you dare tell my kids about your god(s)" is pretty much universal.It's funny, but one of our more sarcastic skeptics, Len, had an issue with it on Facebook. Religion appears to more closely resemble another body part instead.Obviously, that sentiment is one of the major inspirations behind the Rock Beyond Belief festival coming up at Fort Bragg, NC (March 31st 2012). Which is more … [Read more...]

Kurt Vonnegut on Atheists in Foxholes

A friend left this quote on my facebook wall."The sermon was based on what he claimed was a well-known fact, that there were no Atheists in foxholes. I asked Jack what he thought of the sermon afterwards, and he said, "There's a chaplain who never visited the front." -Kurt Vonnegut Hocus Pocus … [Read more...]

Penn Jillette misses the point about Atheists and the Chaplaincy

I still love you, Penn - but I have to rebut you here.Penn released this video in May:http://www.youtube.com/embed/ozj8QRr9Fe8?Penn Jillette mentioned my activism's news coverage in the New York Times and the Rock Beyond Belief festival (which is most certainly 'back on', but was not at the time of this video.) This is a turning point in the push for respect and equality in the military for the atheist community, and he clearly appreciates this. In fact, a few months back he even … [Read more...]


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