Be Secular is hosting “Common Ground Activism”

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The Christian Left If you have never heard of the Christian Left they are an organization of liberal and progressive Christians. They are Christians who are also secularists (sound familiar). They are our allies that believe the separation of church and state is a GOOD thing.  Mark Sandlin a Presbyterian minister and co-founder of the Christian Left is joining forces with       Jerry DeWitt, the Evangelical minister-turned atheist. Just like what it sounds they are speaking about … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Delusions of Relevancy…

UPDATE (original report below) Todd Starnes has produced a followup report where, despite an inaccurate and intentionally misleading headline, he exhibits a temporary bit of sanity by reporting exactly what I stated in my original report.  Starnes admits that the Army did not categorize the AFA as a hate group and that the slideshow presentation was locally produced without input from official policy or higher leadership.  Read for yourself here: Pentagon admits Christian ministry is not … [Read more...]

Family Research Council and their Values Voter Summit

Here's a little clip that's interesting. It's the military panel put on by the hate-group FRC In it you'll notice the now exposed liar Senior Master Sgt Monk. The DOD recently brought out a report stating that he was not relieved of command or fired. He fabricated all the events that transpired as he was scheduled to PCS to another unit many many months prior to the supposed "event" having taken place. If you have 30 minutes to waste go ahead and watch this mindless drivel. Even if you … [Read more...]

The Chaplaincy Shortage and the Great Crock of BS

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Chaplains In order to become a chaplain there are a few requirements one must fulfill. And with the recent "controversy" surrounding these Chaplains being placed on leave without pay and whatnot I thought there needed to be some clarification. Some of the more right-wing disengenuous folks are trying to push this narrative that Chaplains are being forced out of the military and leaving service members without any 'spiritual support'. What I find interesting is that the same people bitching … [Read more...]

Christian Dominionists in the US Congress today….or a Book Review of “Christian Nation” by Fredric C. Rich?

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This is my review of the book 'Christian Nation' The premise behind the book is that in the year 2008 John McCain gets elected to high office as the President of the United States. This of course would have made, the Tea Party favorite and Dominionist Christian, Sarah Palin the Vice President. At the very beginning of the book McCain takes a flight over to Russia to do some international diplomacy. While he is there he dies of a heart attack and in steps Sarah Palin as the … [Read more...]

Another Victory for Foxhole Atheists at Colorado Springs!

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Air Force Academy In my last post I alerted everyone to a problematic email sent out by an Air Force Master Sergeant. The Air Force has capitulated away from unconstitutional official policy and have agreed to, once again, allow graduating cadets to omit the "oath to god" from their Creed. I, (state your name), having been appointed a (rank) in the United States (branch of service), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States … [Read more...]

Air Force forcing cadet prayer or withholding Officer Commission *UPDATE 1*

I just received this about an hour ago. In violation of the establishment clause of the US Constitution the US Air Force is making official policy forcing religion on their cadets. Here's the email: US Air Force Academy forcing cadets to say "so help me god" to get commissioned!! ....."The words in the Oath of Office MUST be said in order for your Commissioning to be legal." From: Xxxxxx, Xxxxxxx X MSgt USAF USAFA CW/CS21 Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 10:45 AM To: CS21_C14_ALL; … [Read more...]

When Religion and Politics mix…When the media fails to report…When we don’t understand why…

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Media Coverage I suppose the first thing to cover is the fact that no national American media source is willing to cover what is going on in today's political arena with the audacity that, say, Walter Cronkite would be able to do. If you click the link you'll find the story about how a single reporter changed the American perception (or at least the middle class' perception) of the Vietnam War. It probably wasn't a popular thing to do, but he had integrity and stuck with the truth. I'm sure … [Read more...]

Here we go again…

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Well, here we are again, on the brink of war, even before we have fully extracted ourselves from our last long national nightmare.  My life-affirming values as atheist/humanist combined with my military experience as a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are telling me that it would be wrong to start down this path again. What’s happening in Syria involving the use of chemical weapons is absolutely horrifying and it is natural and logical that compassionate people would … [Read more...]

A short history of RBB, A bit of the future, and a toast to selflessness

It's been really annoying after returning from this final deployment because all the computers I had access to prior were no longer around. So that's been a real doozy. There are also a lot of things going on personally with me as well that have kept me from putting as much time and effort into RBB, which is unfortunate because this is a very important movement. I inherited RBB from Justin Griffith and have taken the lead on it. It was never my intent or end-goal, but it was something I just … [Read more...]