Many more Atheists being forced to accept ‘NO-REL-PREF’

This morning's article about a Marine recruit who got NO-REL-PREF against her will got a bit of attention. Much of it was from people who had almost the exact same experience. I've seen hundreds of comments to that effect in the few posts I've made that dealt with this topic. For instance, shortly after I shared the story, this happened on Facebook: This is undeniably a very pervasive trend, and one that leads to disenfranchisement of our community. Not to mention an under … [Read more...]

Another foxhole atheist given “No-Rel-Pref” against her will

I've written previously about my difficulty getting both my dog tags and my Enlisted Records Brief to accurately reflect 'ATHEIST'. Some of the story is kind of funny and even eventually made it on the Flying Spaghetti Monster website. My corrected dogtags even made it on Wikipedia! NO-REL-PREF makes you a target for proselytism (even more than ATHEIST), as the largest Chaplain's endorsing agency has a policy "... reserving the right to evangelize the unchurched". Every time this subject … [Read more...]

Air Force atheist makes a new friend at the dog tag machine

My friend over in the Air Force, Daniel Rawlings, is an ex-Mormon and out of the closet atheist. He drove hours to make it to many of our awesome MASH Fort Bragg meetings. He has now been reassigned much further away to Travis Air Force Base, in California. Such is the transient nature of military life. But take a look at some awesome that he shared with us: I am in currently in processing into my new squadron here at Travis AFB, one of the steps is a new issue of "Dog Tags" for my … [Read more...]

My ‘Atheist / Flying Spaghetti Monster’ military dog tags

My dog tags are now featured on the Flying Spaghetti Monster Wikipedia entry. A little while ago, news broke about a Pastafarian winning the right to wearing a pasta strainer on his head for his official driver's license photograph *edit: it seems that there was no legal battle*. Coincidentally, around the same time, I got a few emails from the contributors to a Wikipedia article on Religious Symbols in the US Military¬†asking if I would contribute a photograph of my Atheist dog … [Read more...]