Yahweh or the Highway: Mandatory Army Spiritual Fitness

I’m sure that most readers are aware of the aspects of Spiritual Fitness that Rock Beyond Belief has taken issue with. Notably, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s proselytism on a grand scale, and the mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker that foxhole atheists fail because they are spiritually unfit. But the powers that be always argue that the word ‘Spiritual’ doesn’t mean ‘religious’ at all! Well I’ve decided to take this issue to an online blog (you’re reading it.) On the heels... Read more

Spiritually Unfit Soldiers FORCED to see Chaplains, to get “born again”

I just received this chilling letter from a Soldier who recently took the mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker test, shared to me with permission, from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). The name has been withheld out of fear, but I’m assured that this matter is being worked very hard. [note: emphasis mine, and I broke it into paragraphs, as the email communication garbled the formatting.] Before I tell you, Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF of my total outrage at the U.S.... Read more

Dan Barker joins the lineup!

On the heels of the recent announcement of Richard Dawkins‘ addition to our lineup, comes another atheist power hitter.  Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Dan Barker, has agreed to be a speaker and musician at our upcoming secular festival on Fort Bragg. The FFRF are dedicated to empowering non-theists, and protecting the constitutional separation of Church and State. Dan is a very well spoken atheist and activist, and FFRF’s legal department certainly had a very big year... Read more

MSNBC and NPR cover mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker tests for Spiritual Fitness / Religion

Last Week, Keith Olberman of MSNBC, contacted me for an interview regarding the Soldier Fitness Tracker controversy. This kind of national visibility is exactly what this test for religion needs. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be cleared by my Public Affairs Office (PAO) in time for the intense time constraints of their production deadline. However, Rock Beyond Belief speaker, and Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) President and Founder, Mikey Weinstein was able to hook up with Keith in this segment:... Read more

Richard Dawkins to Speak at Fort Bragg’s Rock Beyond Belief

Richard Dawkins is arguably the most well-known advocate for evolution, biology, and atheism in modern times. We are extremely pleased to announce that Richard will be speaking at our festival on post at Fort Bragg, this Spring. We’ve certainly come a long way since September 25th, when Franklin Graham (already banned from the pentagon) rolled through Fort Bragg with his Rock the Fort series of events. Our all volunteer group has accomplished much, and at each step we’ve been excited... Read more

MASH : Official Meetup for Military Atheists & Secular Humanists (Civilians Too)

Military Atheists & Secular Humanists Fort Bragg, NC M*A*S*H MASH is a meetup group launched a few days ago by my wife, Tianna, with the help of some of the most influential local non-theists. We are hopeful that with the recent positive exposure that our issues and groups have been getting, that a lot more soldiers, spouses, and military-town workers will come forward in the spirit of Richard Dawkins’ Out Campaign. If you live anywhere near Fort Bragg, please join... Read more

Smoking Gun proves Mandatory Army Spiritual Fitness Test is Religious Test, Unconstitutional

Foxhole Atheist, Dustin Chalker's Motivational Poster based on his survey results.
My (civilian) wife just took the controversial Global Assessment Tool / Soldier Fitness Tracker survey a few days ago, and she, like myself and hundreds of other foxhole atheists, failed the Spiritual Fitness section based on her honest answers. My wife did screen captures of all of it and I think you should see some things that got by the initial MAAF-leak (denoted with *). There are some major... Read more

Soldiers forced to attend Spiritual Fitness Christian Concert or be punished

This is what we at Rock Beyond Belief are up against. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q56Fx9SrmRU With the recent events of the Soldier Fitness Tracker scandal that I broke, and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s proselytizing series of 7 hour concerts and preaching across the nation, it is becoming evident that the entire murky Spiritual Fitness concept needs to go. How is this not a bigger story in America? Why is this STILL a problem? These reporters contacted me for a story as well.... Read more

How a non-theist Soldier fails mandatory Spirituality test

Ed Brayton’s popular ScienceBlog: Dispatches From the Culture Wars has been very nice to Rock Beyond Belief. Ed has posted about what we are trying to do with our festival, and has even graciously agreed to emcee the event. Since I broke the dreadful Soldier Fitness Tracker survey story last week, a lot of attention has been devoted to that topic all over the internet. Ed’s latest article about that story sparked some interesting commentary that made me realize that... Read more

Despite rumors: SGT Griffith does exist. Sorry, fundies!

Last week, I was (somehow) the first person to break the news about the Soldier Fitness Tracker (SFT) survey which implies that atheists like myself are unfit as soldiers, need therapy, and lack a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.Well the story went viral and the millions of people trying to get to my site made our server explode. Luckily, there were many articles that summed it all up within hours all over the secular blogosphere. We expect... Read more
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