Considering a military career? What every atheist needs to know first.

Dear Justin,I am considering joining the Navy, and would like advice on how to go about it as an atheist. What do I tell the recruiter? Are there atheist chaplains? What do I put on dog tags as my religion? Is being an atheist in the military looked at like being gay/lesbian, in regards to "don't ask don't tell"?I really appreciate your time, and thank you for getting back.- (name withheld)Advice on how to go about as an atheist:Start out strong, out of the closet. Encourage … [Read more...]

Heroic whistle-blower in Army’s mandatory candlelight prayer scandal

800 junior soldiers attended mandatory suicide-prevention training, and were given plastic battery-powered candles. A chaplain talked for a while, telling the soldiers they must turn to god to keep themselves going in tough times. Eventually he dimmed the lights and instructed everyone to turn on their candles. The chaplain then lead them in a sectarian prayer to his lord and his heavenly father.The vast majority of the 800 soldiers are fresh out of boot camp, and are being trained in the … [Read more...]

The writing is on the wall at boot camp (literally)

A brand new foxhole atheist sent me a few pictures from his cell phone. He's in 'hell week' or 'reception week' of basic training. In a few days, his phone will be confiscated by his drill sergeants. He'll get it back when he's a soldier.This is Fort Jackson, SC. These posters are not government issued and are not supposed to be up. Since the command is either unaware or more likely - complicit - they've basically established another weird little 'Limited Public Forum'. All points of view … [Read more...]

U.S. Marine briefly arrested for not attending “all faiths” religious service

The following is sent in by David Z. - A former Marine Corps NCO. My contributions are clearly marked. First, I want to say that the Rock Beyond Belief concert is an awesome idea.  I wish the best for you, and I hope it turns out great.  I might try to come to it, if an Honorably Discharged Marine is allowed to come. [Edit - Justin Griffith: Of course!] I read a story you posted about a Sgt who wore a Bad Religion shirt and at the bottom you asked for people to share their stories.Boot Camp's " … [Read more...]


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