Chaplain: “If you don’t fear god, you will live your life in a terrible way”

The New Foxhole Atheists are starting strong! Just hours ago I posted about an Air Force NCO who refuses to bow her head for Jesus. Shortly thereafter, that post generated a reply from a brand new foxhole atheist - fresh out of boot camp (congrats!) In Army Boot Camp at Ft. Jackson this spring, the chaplain would come around periodically and have a prayer with the company. I would never bow my head or close my eyes. Strangely, the only others that I saw when looking around that didn’t have … [Read more...]

US Marine Corps’ newest foxhole atheist checks in

This is one of the more gratifying moments of being out front in the military's overwhelmingly misunderstood atheist community. Right from the get go, this recruit is a shit-kicker, like Megan Hurwitt (who just graduated from boot camp on her birthday!) Justin Griffith, Hi, it's the atheist Marine recruit that you helped out a few months ago.  I know that you're a busy man, but I just wanted to give you a quick update on how I'm doing. This afternoon I took the oath and formally … [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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]