This story is not new, but it was new to me. Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), pointed this out in an e-mail exchange recently. via: The Freedom From Religion Foundation erected its monument to “Atheists in Foxholes” in 1999 at Lake Hypatia, Alabama. The monument is dedicated to the many members of the military who were “atheists in foxholes,” as well as to all freethinkers (atheists, agnostics, and skeptics of any persuasion) who serve… Read more

Rock Beyond Belief is proud to announce that Eugenie Scott will be speaking at our festival. Eugenie Scott is probably most well known for being the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). That organization emerged from the grass roots efforts against “equal time for creationism” legislation which sprang up in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, Eugenie has been a outspoken proponent of science and honest education. Her organization has achieved widespread recognition and success for their… Read more

Unreasonable Faith is one of the most popular atheist blogs on the internet, and today Vorjack did a post about us.  This kind of press is exactly what Rock Beyond Belief needs right now. Vorjack’s post was gracious, but I think his European sensibilities overshadow his ability to really gauge the evangelical situation in the U.S. Military. You may have heard by now that there was a Christian concert and evangelical extravaganza at Fort Bragg, NC, called Rock the Fort. It… Read more

Fort Bragg’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is the next obstacle to conquer. They have been very friendly and receptive to the idea of Rock Beyond Belief. If all goes well, they would be able to provide the logistical support and day-of-event coordination and funding for the event, via their Special Events section. My contact with them has been very positive. They stated that they would most definitely support Rock Beyond Belief, and allow us to use the main post parade… Read more

If you have been following this website for a while, you have probably noticed the purposeful avoidance of discussing the Rock the Fort controversy. Yes, it’s true that we’d like to stand on our own as an event, and distinguish ourselves as ‘not just a counter-event.’ However, in order to establish this difference, we need to explore exactly what and why the Rock the Fort event was offensive. If we are claiming to take the high road (and we are),… Read more

Deborah, host of God Discussion’s Radio show will be interviewing me at 9:00 Eastern tonight! Click here to listen. Click here to read a little more about the episode. My segment is a late addition, because I had to clarify some things with my Public Affairs Office (PAO). So if you are reading the article in the above link, that is the reason for the missing information on Rock Beyond Belief.  PAO gave me the proper guidance, and I look… Read more

Melodysheep is the creative force behind the Symphony of Science series of music videos. This time around, he makes the case for going to Mars. As usual, he uses the voices and words of famous modern scientists with clever auto-tune manipulation and catchy electronic music to spectacular effect. He writes: “The Case for Mars” is the sixth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It features Robert Zubrin, Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, and Penelope Boston. Samples come from… Read more

Halloween is typically considered to be secular these days, despite it’s roots in ancient pagan religion (‘Samhain’) and parts of 16th century Christianity. It’s a fun excuse to play dress up for many religious people and non-theists alike. We’re talking about free candy here, folks. Zombies and free candy. Right on. Just to catch everyone up with the latest on the festival, here is what’s new: New Facebook Page We have a new Facebook page, with a feed to this… Read more

Jayne Demarco’s wonderful series, This Is What An Atheist Looks Like has been graciously allowed for our use. Jayne has even offered to donate an original piece for Rock Beyond Belief. Thank you, Jayne. The cross-dressing actor/comedian, Eddie Izzard will steal your girlfriend while you are out gay-bashing. He ‘fancies women.’ During his Stripped tour, Izzard said he realized he was an atheist. “I was warming the material up in New York, where one night, literally on stage, I realised I didn’t… Read more

Dave Silverman was recently elected president of the oldest non-profit organized by and for atheists, American Atheists. From the article: Silverman has been with the organization since 1996, holding positions of NJ State Director, Communications Director and Vice President. He hosts the Atheist Viewpoint TV program, blogs on the NoGodBlog, has appeared on numerous public affairs and news programs, and debated religious apologists across the country. Congratulations, Dave! Silverman noted that he never met Madalyn O’Hair, founder of American Atheists… Read more

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