American Atheists new Military Director

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American Atheists American Atheists, the "Marines of Freethought", this weekend hired a new Military Director to help ensure that no egregious religious violations conducted by the Department of Defense maintain a status quo for religious inequality in the armed forces. Rock Beyond Belief wants to congratulate American Atheists on filling this much needed position. Many times atheists serving in the military are overlooked by the vast civilian populace and it's a comfort knowing that there is … [Read more...]

The bullies of baseball…

Even though it doesn't feel like it for most Americans, spring really is almost upon us, and with spring comes baseball.  Unfortunately in this country, you apparently can't attend a major league game (or even other kinds of games) without being forced to participate in a religious exercise or risk opening yourself up for harassment and worse. Here's how this particular bully pulpit works.  Usually around the 6th or 7th inning, the spectators are requested to stand for the playing or … [Read more...]

The opposite of hate mail

Do you know the easiest way to tell if someone is a radical Christian or a compassionate Christian? Usually on whether or not they can spell, utilize proper grammar, and punctuate. Sometimes, though, even the intelligent ones are still hateful bigots. Here is the latest email from a Christian in the Air Force. Dear MRFF, My name is (name redacted).  I am a (rank redacted) in the United States Air Force and am currently stationed at Shaw AFB, SC.  As one would expect, I have heard … [Read more...]

How a Sitting Congressman And a Retired General Are Trying to Destroy Religious Freedom under the guise of Religious Freedom

This is a repost from my July 10 blog. It no longer works so here it is again. I'm sure many of you are now aware that there was a press conference yesterday. It was filled with lies, half-truths, and sold to the American public as an attempt to sway them into believing that Christians are under attack. You can read it here. These are two of the men pushing this legislation: General Boykin   Congressman Fleming  The man on the left is retired Lt. General Boykin. He is … [Read more...]

Secularism and Atheism

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I suppose I really have to go there Apparently there is a great amount of confusion concerning the difference between atheism and secularism. Well, I'll help try and provide some education on the two. Recently, a guest blogger (Sarah Jones) on Libby Anne's "Love, Joy, Feminism" here on Patheos blogged about why she is not a secular activist even though she works for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. First things first - she is equivocating. It is something that is … [Read more...]

Another Victory for Foxhole Atheists at Colorado Springs!

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Air Force Academy In my last post I alerted everyone to a problematic email sent out by an Air Force Master Sergeant. The Air Force has capitulated away from unconstitutional official policy and have agreed to, once again, allow graduating cadets to omit the "oath to god" from their Creed. I, (state your name), having been appointed a (rank) in the United States (branch of service), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States … [Read more...]

Schedule for the Future

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Sucks My schedule for the foreseeable future is extremely busy. After the next week or so no more blogging, no more updates via social media, and no more activism. I've got a big thing in the Marines going on where I won't have access to phone or internet for about 5 weeks and then a cross-country move. I'm relocating into the Great Lakes area and once I get settled in and have the family taken care of I will jump right back into the fray. Fortunately, there isn't going to be a gap involved … [Read more...]

What are we doing?

For several months now, I’ve been watching the turmoil within the atheist/skeptic community with concern that’s graduating rapidly into alarm.  I firmly believe that pursing social justice and supporting feminism, within or outside the atheist community, is important, worthy and necessary.  Racists, harassers, sexists, and sexual predators cannot be allowed to dominate and control our message.  However, there seems to be an unfortunate tendency to treat the atheist community as if it’s … [Read more...]

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...]

Dear John Letters….

 Dear John To whomever you are. There may be some confusion on what it's like to be an atheist in the military. Don't worry! That is okay. I understand. I was a bigoted Christian when I joined the military, too. Fortunately, I've learned what it's like to not judge people based upon some false notion of truth. I'm willing to extend an invitation to you in helping understand that bigotry is wrong. So is lying and intentionally misleading people. Although, I understand mistakes can be … [Read more...]