Dangerous messages sent to kids on US Navy bases

The original photograph shows a large advertisement for a Vacation Bible School on a US Navy base. Transportation is included. Equality is not. I'm not sure which base this photograph came from, but it's far from an isolated incident. Here's a write-up in the Periscope, an in-house PR rag for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay - built on coastal Georgia. “Up, up, and away!” This familiar phrase sets the tone the 2012 Vacation Bible School program.  The Command Religious Program of … [Read more...]

Another military base hires civilians to proselytize to children

Chris Rodda has a great post about what is going on at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska (a base that has been on MRFF’s radar for quite a while) is really ramping up the fundamentalist activities this fall, heavily pushing the “convert everybody” meme. The article on the Elmendorf-Richardson website begins: When Jesus gave his apostles their final orders in Matthew 28:18-20, he didn’t tell them to make converts who would dedicate an hour of … [Read more...]

The secular festival where kids will walk on water

Camp Quest is more than just the secular answer to Vacation Bible School. Some even say that such comparisons are false, or not useful. But they aren't the boss of me! At the upcoming Rock Beyond Belief festival, Amy Monsky from Camp Quest South Carolina is going to be running the show for the children's activities. One of the things being offered is bound to teach a lasting lesson. 'Walking on water' is easy Check out this video of kids in New … [Read more...]

Local groups like MASH are the way forward for permanent change

In early January this year, a handful of us started the Military Atheists & Secular Humanists (MASH) local group at Fort Bragg. This was our first meeting: It's open to soldiers, families, and civilians around Fayetteville / Fort Bragg, NC. [Join - free!] By February we began the process of integrating into the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF), as Jason Torpy had expressed his long-standing desire to expand his MAAF-Network. So we started working together on … [Read more...]