Considering a military career? What every atheist needs to know first.

Dear Justin, I am considering joining the Navy, and would like advice on how to go about it as an atheist. What do I tell the recruiter? Are there atheist chaplains? What do I put on dog tags as my religion? Is being an atheist in the military looked at like being gay/lesbian, in regards to "don't ask don't tell"? I really appreciate your time, and thank you for getting back. - (name withheld) Advice on how to go about as an atheist: Start out strong, out of the closet. Encourage … [Read more...]

Seeking: WWII-Vietnam veterans dishonorably discharged for being gay

A trusted journalist asked me if I could put him in touch with any victims of discrimination from a specific era. Frankly, I'm not able to help! I'd love to connect with someone who received a "dishonorable" or "undesirable" discharge from the military for being gay. This was the standard procedure before the DADT policy was implemented -- so ideally we're looking for an openly gay WWII or Vietnam vet. Family members of the vet could also work. Any ideas? Any help you can provide would be … [Read more...]

Oklahoma politician attempting to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

State legislator Mike Reynolds is an Air Force veteran. He's also a Southern Baptist, which shouldn't matter at all because he is a politician and not a preacher. But invariably the opposition to gay rights comes from a religious motivation. Not this time though. Apparently Mike Reynolds is motivated because some troops asked him to re-instate the policy. Tulsa World has the story: OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill being proposed by a state lawmaker would reinstitute the controversial "don't ask, … [Read more...]

AFA: Gays in the military are all threats to national security

Bryan Fischer at the American Family Association has lost his damn mind. http://www.youtube.com/embed/24CS5YIOAxc? "...every homosexual represents a heightened security risk" This guy is ridiculous. Obviously he is way off and unethical here. You can expect that from this bunch. But let's just follow his premise and statements to their logical conclusion. He is referring to the repeal of DADT as treasonous. He states that the threat gays pose to national security is "just one more reason … [Read more...]