Air Force forcing cadet prayer or withholding Officer Commission *UPDATE 1*

I just received this about an hour ago. In violation of the establishment clause of the US Constitution the US Air Force is making official policy forcing religion on their cadets. Here's the email: US Air Force Academy forcing cadets to say "so help me god" to get commissioned!! ....."The words in the Oath of Office MUST be said in order for your Commissioning to be legal." From: Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxx X MSgt USAF USAFA CW/CS21 Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 10:45 AM To: CS21_C14_ALL; … [Read more...]

When Religion and Politics mix…When the media fails to report…When we don’t understand why…

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Media Coverage I suppose the first thing to cover is the fact that no national American media source is willing to cover what is going on in today's political arena with the audacity that, say, Walter Cronkite would be able to do. If you click the link you'll find the story about how a single reporter changed the American perception (or at least the middle class' perception) of the Vietnam War. It probably wasn't a popular thing to do, but he had integrity and stuck with the truth. I'm sure … [Read more...]

The Secular Prevaricators of America

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Secular Party of America I know I'm late in the game making a statement about the recent controversy surrounding the Secular Party of America. Most of us in the atheist "community" are aware of the voter fraud involving the name change from the National Atheist Party to the Secular Party of America. The short-version rehash of what happened is that Bernard "Flash" Kellish enlisted the aid of Christopher Thomas to help him rig the vote for the name change and unsuccessfully attempted to enlist … [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...]

Unfair and Unbalanced..

If Fox News, self-purported to be “fair and balanced” while not being either fair or balanced, didn’t have such a large viewership/readership, I’d give their journalistic efforts no credibility and lump them in with World Net Daily and the other nutty news sources infesting the internet and radio waves.  However, they do have viewers, listeners, and readers, which means there is an unfortunately large number of Americans who believe this network actually produces real news  and … [Read more...]

Here we go again…

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Well, here we are again, on the brink of war, even before we have fully extracted ourselves from our last long national nightmare.  My life-affirming values as atheist/humanist combined with my military experience as a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are telling me that it would be wrong to start down this path again. What’s happening in Syria involving the use of chemical weapons is absolutely horrifying and it is natural and logical that compassionate people would … [Read more...]

A short history of RBB, A bit of the future, and a toast to selflessness

It's been really annoying after returning from this final deployment because all the computers I had access to prior were no longer around. So that's been a real doozy. There are also a lot of things going on personally with me as well that have kept me from putting as much time and effort into RBB, which is unfortunate because this is a very important movement. I inherited RBB from Justin Griffith and have taken the lead on it. It was never my intent or end-goal, but it was something I just … [Read more...]

Miraculous Healing, Still an Atheist

Rebuttal I saw a post recently by a Christian blogger on Patheos claiming that about 18 years ago he was healed of some incurable disease and that it was evidence of God's existence. I have a very similar personal anecdote...and oddly enough I find little to no evidence that it was indeed divine intervention that saved me. Here goes. After high school I opted not to go directly into college because I knew that I was not disciplined enough to continue my education at that age. I began … [Read more...]

The busyness of business

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This seems appropriate It seems like some of us have that figured out. Fortunately, I don't. I hope it stays that way. I've been real busy lately talking to reporters, calling individuals in the military about religious violations, and putting my two cents in with some members of Congress about the upcoming vote for the National Defense Authorization Act (section 530) as well as the Chaplaincy. If there are other people that actually want to make a difference hit me up here. Check out … [Read more...]

Only a Sith…

"You're with me or you're against me" Recently, I've been contemplating speaking my mind on this subject. Actually for a long time. It's rather upsetting in a community that is supposed to adhere to the values of skeptical inquiry, scientific analysis, and rational questioning that we are required as a matter of principle to abandon the aforementioned principles in favor of mindlessly following the ravings of PZ Myers and Co. It's something I've never quite understood or grasped and could never … [Read more...]