Military Discrimination Against Christians??

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Fox News columnist Todd Starnes is at it again. Determined to see an anti-Christian bias in the military where none exists, he published this in a post from July 8th, 2013: There is a clear and present danger to religious liberty within the military, says a coalition of groups who believe the Obama Administration is pushing a secular, anti-religious culture on the nation's armed forces."Christians who choose to live out their faith find themselves incompatible with the secular view of … [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...]

Atheist soldier, one of many forced to do yard work for Catholics

I received a few complaints about soldiers stationed at Fort Gordon, GA being forced to clean up an off-post Catholic property during the duty day. One was from a fellow foxhole atheist. (NAME / RANK WITHHELD) Justin - Got a question. [WITHHELD], has been tasks with cleaning/landscaping etc, a Catholic Church. This so far is not optional. You are more versed in the legality of church and state. What I see is more of an issue of having a federal employee mandated to clean private … [Read more...]

Public elementary school asks students “I love Jesus because ___”

An anonymous resident of a small town in western North Carolina wrote in with a disturbing bit of news. I wanted to share something with my fellow atheists. I work at an elementary school as an assistant in a small town in western NC. Our school is participating in operation christmas where they send kids in third world countries a box of things they need (school supplies, toothbrushes, etc.) and I am more than excited to help out the less fortunate. My niece also goes to this school and her … [Read more...]

Dustin at dwnomad pledges to support RBB with an epic bit of disclosure

"I get e-mail..." sometimes in a good way. Take a look at this offer to help. Justin, You're so positive and awesome I sure hope I get the chance to meet you at some point. If you need any help with Rock Beyond Belief, whether it's promotion, logistics, being a greeter, or if you're desperate for a speaker I would be happy to help. I probably should disclose that my last public speaking engagement was the last sermon I preached just over four years ago. Thanks, Dustin Quite a bombshell of a … [Read more...]

Rock Beyond Belief in Fall 2011…? Maybe.

Stringing along quite a few popular and busy people for 5 months, dangling a unique opportunity in front of them, was certainly never my intention. It was unfortunate and disheartening that the last minute restrictions crippled us and we had to cancel. My initial reaction was to entertain the idea of a smaller venue being overflowing with angry atheists, as offered. Then I thought about how accepting that offer would legitimize our unequal treatment. I also thought about the angry atheists that … [Read more...]

Fight “Don’t Pray? Don’t Say!” – Support All Troops Equally

This week was exceptionally busy for us at Rock Beyond Belief. We are still dealing with the fallout from the cancellation of the festival. We don't know exactly what lies ahead for the festival, but April 2nd is a definite 'No-Go'. "Don't Pray? - Don't Say!" We find ourselves in the curious position of being on the front line of two types of war. One is tangible and you see it on the news every day, the other is the subterranean ideological battle that unfolds as the evangelical Christian … [Read more...]

Demand equal treatment for the Army’s non-religious Soldiers

After last week's hey-maker from Fort Bragg, we were devastated. It was shocking to learn that our festival had been crippled with last-minute restrictions that forced us to shut down. Now it's time to fight back. Please help us stand up to the discrimination facing the non-religious military community. That was the whole point of our festival, and Fort Bragg just took a giant step backwards by reinforcing existing prejudices. They legitimized the proselytizing efforts of the Evangelical … [Read more...]

Army Spiritual Fitness Concert Cost: $100K+ FOIA Docs Released

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) initiated a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request when the controversial Rock the Fort concert came to Fort Bragg, NC.  FOIA requests understandably take some time to process. However, we are excited to finally get an inside look at exactly how much support the Billy Graham Evangelical Association was given in order to evangelize as many soldiers, spouses, and civilians from the local area on stage. That was their stated purpose, and of course … [Read more...]

Dan Barker joins the lineup!

On the heels of the recent announcement of Richard Dawkins' addition to our lineup, comes another atheist power hitter.  Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), Dan Barker, has agreed to be a speaker and musician at our upcoming secular festival on Fort Bragg. The FFRF are dedicated to empowering non-theists, and protecting the constitutional separation of Church and State. Dan is a very well spoken atheist and activist, and FFRF's legal department certainly had a very big … [Read more...]