Vet drives to Bragg after his court hearing, arrested for atheist activism

I've previously posted about the strange proselytism that John Kieffer endured at Fort Bragg in the 1970's. Mandatory 'born again' day, he called it. Sounds familiar. Well, John is driving back up to Fort Bragg for Saturday's groundbreaking atheist festival. But he has one thing to do before he can be on his way. He has to go to court on Friday for another hearing for... not praying at a Polk County, FL school board meeting. Atheist of Florida President John Kieffer was arrested on … [Read more...]

Christians should eat free food with Fort Bragg atheists on Saturday

Todd Stiefel takes an unconventional approach to philanthropy. He put up the $50,000 at American Atheists that made our festival possible via his Stiefel Freethought Foundation.That represents 100% of the funding. Last week, we were discussing ways to soften the blow that many Christians feel we are inflicting. We're not attacking them at all, but it's been portrayed as such by many prominent religious leaders (including Chaplains). Todd mentioned that his wife was a Christian, and that he's … [Read more...]

This map of our festival’s layout is freaking certain people out

Can you spot who? Hint: it's the 'building' that looks like Macaulay Culkin. Jason Torpy from MAAF just sent me this. I laughed like a bastard. He said it was in response to the deafening silence coming from the chaplaincy at Fort Bragg. Not a single one at Fort Bragg seems to want to speak about it to anyone. One chaplain who just left Fort Bragg didn't get the memo, when he recently demanded that commanders "stop us from burning down churches." I know there are some chaplains … [Read more...]

Fort Bragg wont let us feed homeless vets at the atheist festival

I fought very hard for this to happen at the festival this weekend. We went back and forth for several months. The 'pro-starvation' camp has prevailed. The idea was simple. Our festival is already paid for, via a generous donation from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation (directly deposited into our accounts at American Atheists). So here we are with a free festival on our hands. We would have put the word out to bring canned food (and similar items). Next, we would drop off the food … [Read more...]

MSNBC’s excellent coverage of the upcoming foxhole atheist festival

How has the massive atheist festival on a military base not broken through to network television news? The awesome stuff at Reason Rally probably had something to do with it. But that's over now - so please help us get the word out - now! Finally, MSNBC has some meaningful coverage: After a sometimes painful 18 months of gestation, Sgt. Justin Griffith of Fort Bragg, N.C., exclaims, "My baby is about to be born!" His baby is Rock Beyond Belief, apparently the first major atheist event on a … [Read more...]

Fort Bragg’s Camp Quest is massive, Dawkins to meet with kids.

I asked Camp Quest, South Carolina's (CQSC) Amy Monsky for a schedule of her activities. I'm super impressed. Look at this thing, it represents so much work. Click to embiggen... this is pretty much amazing. So much is going on there! This is in addition to the 400 pounds of corn starch going into making the 'Oobleck' or non-newtonian fluid. We had to rent cement mixers for this. But kids will literally be able to walk on water (or sink if they stand still) right in front of the main … [Read more...]

The parachute team is *not* atheist and they are forced to perform

Justice has prevailed with one of the last big-ticket "equal levels of support" to secure. The prestigious Golden Knights are working on a way to do a demonstration jump at our event, just as they had at the Christian event - including at least one atheist. There obviously was a lot of back and forth over the past year to secure this. 2 other teams turned us down, for frivolous and or very 'convenient' reasons. We appreciate the GK commanders who came through for us, and we understand that … [Read more...]

Bragg announced the atheist event on Facebook. HELP! Troll Patrol!

I'm so proud of Fort Bragg's embrace of the atheist festival. They just posted it prominently on their Facebook page, as promised. Predictably, the trolls are already out. Please, help us. [edit: please note there is a 2nd post that desperately needs some of your help!] Melissa wrote: "I have been praying for this, pray that when this man gets up to speak that only Gods words comes out of his mouth that what ever he has prepared to say doesn't fit to be said that the Christians of Fort … [Read more...]

Is our radio advertisement for the atheist festival over the top?

Well yes, yes it is. But we like to have fun here. Rock Beyond Belief radio ad This is our 'demo tape' for the atheist festival on Fort Bragg. We'd only do something along these lines for the rock station. NPR just doesn't seem like a good place for "AIDEN WILL RUIN YOUR FAMILY AND DESTROY YOUR CIVILIZATION!" I'd give anything to hear Ira Glass say that though. We had trouble not laughing as Lance said "Freedom isn't free, but this festival is." That phrase is in one of our cadences, and … [Read more...]

Military gets nervous when I use Words Such As Burn

After lyrics to Aiden's song Hysteria were intentionally taken out of context to imply that we were going to burn down churches... well Fort Bragg got a little nervous. But I'm proud of them, they really came through the 'crisis' in a big way. We are now specifically guaranteed the right "to be critical of organized religion and it's adherents." In writing, no less. But we are still puzzled by the people who really believe we intend to burn churches! (Including chaplains!) How am I … [Read more...]