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...]

I’ll give you the courtesy…

 Why should I listen to you about God?Recently I have been having some philosophical discussions with someone I work with. He's a very ardent and enthusiastic Christian. Upon learning about my lack of faith in any deity he took an interest in getting to know me better. Maybe he wants to convert me. He's never been too pushy, though, so I can overlook his lack of intellectual enlightenment over the pointless zealousness of his religious preference.The best part of my conversations … [Read more...]

Visual representation of atheists fighting for equality and winning

This is a before and after shot documenting the rapid changes the commanders at Travis Air Force Base are implementing. I made Dan Rawlings' quite legitimate 'Let there be light...' complaint public on Wednesday morning. The picture at the bottom represents Wednesday night.Click to embiggen.Foxhole atheistsare demandingequalityat every step.This year, westarted winning.-(Tuesday night on Top; Wednesday night on Bottom)American Atheists just donated the sign to Staff … [Read more...]

Agnostic from Travis Air Force Base hates mockery, can’t spell ‘atheist’

The sign says "Have a safe holiday season". But you'd think it said "I toss Christians into the Sun", judging from the butt hurt coming out of this self identified 'agnostic' also stationed at Travis AFB (verified) who hated the signs."I think it’s more than a bit funny that you **NEED** christianity in order to define your faith (and yes, atheism is a faith). Nothing more than an asterisk on the end of Christianity. What’s the point? I am an agnostic…you’re all dumb. Should have just put a big … [Read more...]

Travis Air Force Base now ensures uniformed lighting for holiday displays

American Atheists donated the twice-vandalized holiday sign to Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings and the atheists at Travis MASH. The sign simply says "Have a safe holiday season - from the atheists at Travis MASH".Rawlings remained in constant contact with me and described each step of his wildly successful efforts for equality. As we mentioned earlier, one of the remaining disparities was the lighting for the different displays.The Nativity Scene was permitted much more lighting than anyone … [Read more...]

The atheist sign at Travis Air Force Base was vandalized again

This happened sometime before dawn, and is the second definitive act of vandalism.A piece of paper was scotch taped to the sign that said "GOD LOVES YOU". In case this had to be said, this was not part of the sign.At least the vandals did not do permanent damage, but this is troubling to say the least. What does this say about the perpetrators? It says they don't respect other's or their property, fail to understand humor and irony (FSM is a 'god' of sorts), and lack the courage to … [Read more...]

Let there be light, and a lot more of it for baby Jesus

Fresh off of being vandalized, the officials at Travis Air Force Base secure the lighting for the atheist sign. Sounds good right? Well like many parts of the story, it's once again 2 steps forward, one step back. Progress, but seriously... what the hell?They took down his 120 watt bulb, and replaced it with a 40 watt bulb. Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings explains in an epic Facebook post. Click to embiggenLet there be light!! …. and a lot more for Baby Jesus.The wise men only needed on … [Read more...]

Air Force’s Nativity Scene is now joined by the Flying Spaghetti Monster

This sign was finally put up by the atheists at Travis Air Force Base, donated by American Atheists. Click to embiggenStaff Sergeant Dan Rawlings is brave enough to do this without anonymity. The fight has not been easy. This 'win' is still bittersweet, as the atheists responsible are still banned from meeting on post. Say for instance, near this sign.They even had to fight for a light similar to the Nativity Scene, for nocturnal illumination.The sign has already been … [Read more...]


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