Pastor Bryan Griem belittles more US soldiers

A few days ago, Pastor Bryan Griem viciously belittled foxhole atheists in the Pasadena Sun newspaper. I encouraged readers to let him know how you feel. He didn't respond to my letter. But he did reply to at least one. Elizabeth wrote him a letter. You can read it in this comment. But I wanted to focus on this insane response, so I'm not re-posting it here. Pastor Bryan Griem's reply: Elizabeth, The thing you did not tell me in this negative letter to me is if your nephew believes in … [Read more...]

You should have seen this coming

Facebook netted me another strange troll. Apparently this person forgot why / when he added me (I pretty much never seek others out anymore, but feel free to add me. If you 'suggest friends' to me, you may be rounded up and shot.) This person makes a living off of predicting the future. Check it out: Is that college an X-men reference? Probably a funny guy, and I'm sure we'd have no problem hanging out - drinking beer and what not.   But a cyber-friendship just was not in the … [Read more...]

Captain Ryan Jean: “Getting ATHEIST on my records took two minutes”

A while back I posted about a heart wrenching and debate-ending example of why foxhole atheists need to demand NO-REL-PREF be accurately updated on their records to ATHEIST. Many are being told that it's not possible - and on the contrary it has been for decades. Captain Ryan Jean wrote to me: It took me two minutes and an open-minded Admin NCO to change my religious affiliation from "NO-REL-PREF" to "ATHEIST" back in 2009. It took me a week of waiting and ten bucks of my own money to … [Read more...]

Many more Atheists being forced to accept ‘NO-REL-PREF’

This morning's article about a Marine recruit who got NO-REL-PREF against her will got a bit of attention. Much of it was from people who had almost the exact same experience. I've seen hundreds of comments to that effect in the few posts I've made that dealt with this topic. For instance, shortly after I shared the story, this happened on Facebook: This is undeniably a very pervasive trend, and one that leads to disenfranchisement of our community. Not to mention an under … [Read more...]

Another foxhole atheist given “No-Rel-Pref” against her will

I've written previously about my difficulty getting both my dog tags and my Enlisted Records Brief to accurately reflect 'ATHEIST'. Some of the story is kind of funny and even eventually made it on the Flying Spaghetti Monster website. My corrected dogtags even made it on Wikipedia! NO-REL-PREF makes you a target for proselytism (even more than ATHEIST), as the largest Chaplain's endorsing agency has a policy "... reserving the right to evangelize the unchurched". Every time this subject … [Read more...]

Proof that babies are indeed atheists (short video)

Some would argue that all babies are atheists. Conversely, our 9 month old daughter has been speaking in tongues a lot. So we decided to just ask her how she feels about God: http://www.youtube.com/embed/MDX5_d7V5uU? Not surprisingly, her thoughts on religion mirror her parents' views. Another question I get is: Are you raising your daughter to be ATHEIST?!? I change my answer depending on the mood. (please leave suggestions in the comments, if you've got any.) No, we are … [Read more...]

Support for gay veteran with PTSD who had ‘lifestyle of sin’ diagnosis

I'd just like to say thank you to all the people who signed the petition in support of Esther Garatie. In just two days, it went from 6,000 signatures to around 12,000 signatures - each one generating real email traffic to government officials. Quick recap Esther Garatie went to the Dallas VA Hospital with severe depression, and even mentioned suicidal thoughts. She was injured in the line of duty while deployed. Her injuries were severe enough to force a medical separation. She also … [Read more...]

WWE Wrestler Randy Orton threatened a U.S. Marine with Jesus

The following is sent in by David Z. – A former Marine Corps NCO. My contributions are clearly marked. Last week, David told us about his experience in boot camp and advanced training where he was briefly arrested for not attending an all-faiths religious service. Taking shit from dishonorably discharged WWE Wrestler Randy Orton Shortly after the public conversation, I had an encounter with another recruit.  I am not sure if you watch WWE wrestling.  I don't but if you do, you might … [Read more...]

My daughter thinks daddy lives in the computer

She definitely knows me, even though I've been gone for quite some time. Zoe is our first, and she is 7 months old now. I get to watch her grow up while deployed thanks to webcam technology. Many veterans of previous wars relied upon slow correspondence through letters or they used the phone every few weeks. I get so much more, and I'm grateful. Recently I even told my niece that I lived in the computer, and that I was hungry. She 'fed' me chips that she was snacking on. My family wasn't … [Read more...]

College professor assaulted by Army veteran who was ‘sent by god’

Or not. There is a really dumb viral email / Facebook post making its rounds (again) about a presumably atheist professor and a military veteran. It's one of those sappy stories that grandma might flood your email box with. Many veterans and active duty service members in the MASH Facebook group commented on the resurgence of the story. This time there are a few variations, but the story goes like this: ...a college Professor stood on his chair and said, "If your imaginary friend really … [Read more...]