Atheism Ruining Military Careers!? pt. 2

The fear is So many people have come to thank me for coming out as not only an atheist in the military but an activist as well. I’ve heard harrowing stories about how some people have had their careers completely sidelined due to the fact that they are atheists. I wanted to convey some of those stories now. When I am able and when those people are willing I will divulge that information. However, many of these people are still on active duty and afraid to come out. They fear retribution even … [Read more...]

What I’ve been up to

Deployment This last year has had its ups and downs for me and I've gone through quite a bit. I traveled to multiple different countries throughout the Western Pacific and the Middle East. Rock Beyond Belief secured a promise from the Marines to cease religious proselytization violations. I made new friends and severed some old relationships. And now I'm back in the United States of America. Here's a list of some stuff that's gone on in the last year:  I traveled to 7 different … [Read more...]

Camp Pendleton Cornered Into Ceasing All Large Religious Events After a Decade of Violations!

Say WHAAAT!?! When I first contacted Justin about Rock Beyond Belief 2 my primary motivation was to meet other foxhole atheists. I can honestly say there are more of us out there than the numbers truly reveal! Most of us are just content to live and let live. Perhaps, in that, I am the exception to the rule. I've always been the type of guy to challenge the status quo when I knew it was wrong, to stand up for the little guy, and to push back when I saw a bully on the rampage. I never thought … [Read more...]

Check in from the Middle East

So back in the States... I've been gone for quite a while and am always flabbergasted at the ridiculous level of nonsense that the American News Media focuses on. Since I've been gone President Obama was reelected, women can serve in combat roles, taxes have been raised on the wealthy, we are coming to terms with our government debt, far too many people have been harmed by gun violence, thousands of innocent civilians are killed by American drones, and do you know what I see on the news for … [Read more...]

Americans United calls Marine Corps out for discrimination against atheists

"Evasive Action." It's more than just a clever play on words by Americans United blogger Simon Brown. It's also an accurate summary of the situation at California Marine Corps base, Camp Pendleton. They're putting a tremendous amount of time, personnel, and other government resources to support massive evangelical concerts and other events. This is only legal *if* they promise to provide the same support to all other groups. Camp Pendleton rejected our atheist-themed concert for laughable … [Read more...]

Atheist festival resubmits after Marine Corps rejection

We were extremely disappointed that the second ever atheist festival on a military base was recently rejected by Camp Pendleton. They continue to provide massive support to a single religious sect, the controversial Calvary Chapel and its military arm, 'Armor of Light' (AoL). Camp Pendleton is a large Marine Corps base near San Diego, California. The area is also home to the 1000+ churches-strong Calvary Chapel headquarters. The Marine Corps mailed the rejection letter to American Atheists … [Read more...]

Marine Corps base rejects atheist festival

Camp Pendleton's decision to reject our proposal violates federal ethics regulations. This is certainly a huge step in the wrong direction. We're still willing to work with officials before the San Diego area Marine Corps base is entrenched in a legal battle they can't possibly win. We've received mixed signals from Camp Pendleton in trying to organize Rock Beyond Belief 2. Initially, they were on board with treating us with equality. We are simply demanding the same access, treatment, and … [Read more...]

The Dead Milkmen on a military base?

It's entirely possible. I won't get my hopes up just yet, but I'm happy they even entertained the offer. Potentially, The Dead Milkmen may even agree to play, but by the time we win our right to play at Camp Pendleton and set a hard date, they might be booked. Honestly, the RBB2 situation is in need of a reboot. I'm just now getting back to activism after a month or two lull. We appreciate the support from DM's Rodney Anonymous (@RodneyAnon), no matter what happens. Dead Milkmen - … [Read more...]

Doomsday prophet admits to buying influence at Marine Corps base

The Marine Corps Times just released an outstanding story about us! Seriously... this is simply good reporting. Two national atheist groups, and one advocating religious freedom, have complained to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus that officials at Camp Pendleton, Calif., continue to deny them access to the base while giving “preferential treatment” to Christian religious organizations, including a controversial church they say is steeped in “doomsday theology” and embroiled in sexual-abuse … [Read more...]

Marine Corps heavily supports a doomsday sect in CA, why?

SAN DIEGO, CA – Over the past decade, the local Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa has had unprecedented access to Marines at Camp Pendleton. Despite their controversial end-times message and history of sex scandals, the group has co-sponsored several high-profile concerts and other events with the approval of local Navy and Marine Corps commanders. Comprised of hundreds of congregations, Calvary Chapel is a large organization in crisis. Their founder, Chuck Smith, famously predicted the end of the … [Read more...]