ACLU, AU Tells the Army That They Must Approve Atheist Festival

This letterhead is a surefire way to turn some heads: The Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, ACLU, and ACLU North Carolina, and are rallying around the Rock Beyond Belief festival. They delivered an impressive letter to Secretary of the Army, and officials at Fort Bragg yesterday, which you can read here [pdf]. They have already recovered hundreds of pages of documents relating to the evangelical Christian festival from 2010, known as Rock the Fort. Their stated … [Read more...]

Brave Army Captain On the Dangers of Fighting Proselytism

I get a lot of touching comments, and letters of support from inside and outside of the military. The Rock Beyond Belief team has a few officers on board, but this letter comes from a Captain who understands the complications keeping most of my fellow team members, and foxhole atheists in general, from publicly identifying themselves. In case the reader is unaware, simply speaking out in the military is not easy. And standing up for what is right when it comes to religion and proselytism is … [Read more...]

Interact with Nate Phelps, Estranged Atheist Son of ‘God Hates Fags’ Pastor

Nate Phelps has graciously agreed to take questions from all of you during the 24 hour rapture party on Saturday May 21st. You heard about it right? Rapture parties are great and all... but it's also Armed Forces Day. So Deborah from God Discussions has thrown together a star-studded 24 hour internet video telethon. Foxhole atheists have a huge legal fight coming, and our friends and allies at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation are going to be leading the charge. Think of some questions … [Read more...]

24 Hour Internet Telethon For Foxhole Atheists on Rapture Day

Despite being a notoriously stupid thing to predict, someone has figured out the day of the apocalypse! (again) By now you've heard about the Rapture / end-times predictions for Friday May 21. You might even be attending a cool Rapture themed party. But, did you know that May 21st is also Armed Forces Day? We are the benefactor for an awesome interactive 24 hour rapture party / telethon! This post will be 'sticky' all week, expand it for more details. … [Read more...]

God Hates Bleeps

Minnesota Atheists radio show had me on the air last week, and I reached a milestone. I've officially been BLEEPED on the air! @#$% YES! Why? Because I said the phrase "God Hates Fags" - a phrase that is shocking, but nonsensical to me. I was relating to the Minnesota Atheists audience the new developments in our saga. I mentioned that Nate Phelps had joined the lineup and briefly explained his back story. That's quite impossible to do without using the phrase "God hates fags", a phrase coined … [Read more...]

We Just Received a $50,000 Donation From the Stiefel Freethought Foundation

AMAZING! The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has just increased their pledge to Rock Beyond Belief to $50,000. This is enough money to allow the nonreligious military community to fully fund the event on the parade field at Fort Bragg this Fall. All we need now is co-sponsorship from Fort Bragg (which they promised and even sort of delivered before). This removes one of the last possible pseudo-arguments held over our heads. They denied us any funding at all on our first attempt, saying that we … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Pants Are On Fire… For Jesus

Long time ally of Rock Beyond Belief, Chris Rodda (right) is in the middle of a press storm again. She is the author of Liars For Jesus, which explains the relatively recent phenomenon of history revisionism in the name of Christianity. David Barton is the worst offender, and bears the brunt of the majority of her assault. He is guilty of quote-mining and using out of context historical references, or shockingly just outright lies about our nation's history. He wants Americans to 'know' that … [Read more...]

NY Times Covers Foxhole Atheist Justin Griffith’s Activism

The New York Times ran a high-visibility story on the foxhole atheist activist projects that I've spearheaded in the last 6 months. FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But an atheist? Strange as it sounds, groups … [Read more...]

First Official Rock Beyond Belief Trailer Released

YouTube's themanofearth put together this amazing video for us in HD. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0YXnGeRnQ My friend Adam (themanofearth - you should definitely subscribe to his channel) put together this awesome video for us. The audio comes with the help of The Skeptic Hour podcast - an up and comer in the scene. The high quality microphone I was speaking on comes courtesy of FrostCall - the secular podcast from former Marine Corps service member, Tom and his wife Wendy. This video … [Read more...]

CNN’s Dr. Wendy Walsh Claims Atheists Die First

What the hell is wrong with people? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_I5Z5q8A68 Dr. Wendy Walsh says "...it doesn't mean that science has the answers for everything... Most studies on survivors show that atheists die first. Because if you don't believe in something super-natural, how can you imagine that you yourself have supernatural abilities enough to survive?" Batshit crazy. So, science doesn't have the answers, but lets use scientific studies to justify super powers...? I have nothing … [Read more...]