Anti-gay marriage legislation directly affects straight couples

On September 20, 2011 Don't Ask, Don't Tell was officially repealed. This was a huge victory for all the soldiers, organizations, politicians, and citizens that put their time and effort into combating DADT. Obviously, the LGBT rights issue is far from settled in the military. But here at Fort Bragg, N.C. we've got a special kind of hate and coming from the state legislature. And you can help! The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has a new campaign – combating North Carolina’s … [Read more...]

Off the record, Sgt. Griffith is doing the work of Satan

Enough time has passed that I can share this bizarre little story. A powerful chaplain refused to speak to the press about RBB, citing an unverified order from above. He just couldn't help himself from saying something. A documentary is in post-production right now about the lead up to RBB, keep an eye out. Scott Burdick, the filmmaker, relayed his experience talking to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Antonio McElroy. Scott called the Garrison Chaplain's office, hoping to speak to any chaplain about the … [Read more...]

Two marriage proposals at the Fort Bragg atheist festival

Just before the camera started rolling, I started the set up: "The best part of any YouTube debate is always a Q & A session. It's a bit more intimate, and honest discussion starts happening. So let's get a mix-mic out there, for some Q & A" /www.youtube.com/embed/DJHajd68AMQ? Congratulations to the Riddlehoovers! That's enough Q & A. Dave Silverman then joined me on stage and we shared 'a moment'. A second marriage proposal almost happened! This footage comes from the … [Read more...]

FastSigns initially refused to print THIS atheist sign!?

A local FastSigns store refused to print this sign: Yeah. Nothing in there attacking religion at all. It's simply 'atheist'. That one word. What the hell? They eventually changed their minds, after my team member fired off an angry response to this: From: FASTSIGNS 243 Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:04 AM Subject: MASH banner Thank you for contacting us regarding your banner needs for your upcoming event. Its certainly something we could do for you. I was not aware that we … [Read more...]

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...]


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