Why I Am A Patriot

As we approach another Independence Day, which most Americans celebrate not with flag waving but with copious amounts of grilled hotdogs and cold beer, I can’t help reflecting on what it really means to be a patriot in the United States at this particular time. I consider myself a patriot, even though I am a proud, godless American, and even though it is nearly impossible in our modern culture to separate patriotism from a belief in god(s). So, why do I, an atheist, secularist, and skeptic, … [Read more...]

A letter from Kathleen Johnson, VP at American Atheists concerning DOMA and the Military

I received this letter from Kathy earlier today. It touched me and I felt compelled to share it.   Back in February, I became aware of the tragic story of Tracy Johnson, who was left widowed when her wife, Donna Johnson, was killed on active duty while serving in Afghanistan.  The Johnson’s, while legally married in their home district, were partners in a marriage that was not, and could not, be recognized by the Department of Defense due to that pernicious bit of legislation known … [Read more...]

Sgt Skeptic, episode 2: Operation Defend Marriage

Defense of Marriage? Hey fellow Foxhole Atheists and supporters!  Be sure to join us live tomorrow at 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern for Episode 2 of the Sgt Skeptic Podcast on Blogtalk Radio.  We'll be discussing the Defense of Marriage Act, which is currently under review by the Supreme Court and how it affects servicemembers.  You can interact in the chatroom and call the show if you have something to say.  Just follow the link.  Sgt Skeptic is currently being reviewed by iTunes, once it's … [Read more...]

American Atheists Supports the Huelskamp Amendment!

Thank You, Representative Huelskamp! The Huelskamp Amendment: 1 SEC. 5__. MEETINGS WITH RESPECT TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.  (a) NOTICE.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Department of Defense shall provide to the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate advance written notice of any meeting to be held between Department employees and civilians for the purpose of writing, revising, issuing, implementing, enforcing, or seeking advice, … [Read more...]

Just Worm Food

The toughest job in the military? We've all seen it portrayed in fiction. Unfortunately, you or someone you know may have experienced it first hand. One of the hardest tasks any uniformed servicemember could ever perform: notifying the next of kin of a fallen comrade.  According to the U.S. Army, the "casualty notification team" will consist of  "the Casualty Notification Officer and a Chaplain". If the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 passes with an amendment introduced by New … [Read more...]

Graphic Artists / Designers

New site changes means new graphics!! We want your help, and to make you a part of the team!  Right now what we need is a new facebook coverphoto, profile pic, twitter background. There is no prize except pride in helping and showing off your work. We might even need your help later with something a little bigger.  Remember this is dedicated to foxhole atheists!! Make it patriotic, atheistic most important, have fun and get creative! :)    Cat       … [Read more...]

Even the Chaplains are afraid of the Fundamentalist Christians

Yes even the chaplains... I received one of my frequent emails from Mikey Weinstein over at MRFF. MRFF has been demonized constantly by the religious right in the last few weeks as being a hate organization and it couldn't be further from the truth. They've been nominated for NUMEROUS Nobel Peace Prizes and just recently were accepted into the CFC's donation drive. The CFC is the Combined Federal Campaign. Every year the command is required to give everyone in the military an opportunity to … [Read more...]

“You’re the first Atheist I’ve ever met”

Introductions are necessary My name is Casey Leavings and I am an active duty AIr Force member. I've been in for almost ten years and I have been an out and proud atheist for eight. I have been fortunate enough to have never been forced into the corner for my lack of beliefs. When I heard about the extreme pressures that others in uniform have been put under for holding the same beliefs I adhere to, I felt that I had no choice but to step into the activist movement and the blogosphere. These … [Read more...]

Lake Elsinore, California gives the finger to Foxhole Atheists!

 SO LET'S DO ONE BETTER! I'm all about freedom of expression and freedom of speech! In fact I wholly support someone disagreeing with my view and giving me the finger if they truly feel that I am in the wrong. However....this goes far beyond freedom of expression. The City Council at Lake Elsinore have decided that a monument should be erected to honor veterans. This monument has passed with unanimous consent of the council and will be placed on public property. There's only one problem … [Read more...]

Atheism Ruining Military Careers pt. 3 — Vindicated: USMA Officer Upholds Tradition of Christian Privileging in the Military

The West Point Cadet "Truth is generally the best vindication against slander." - Abraham Lincoln   Since my resignation from West Point, one of the most frequently asked questions sent my way has been whether or not I have any regrets. Certainly, I have spent a few minutes contemplating the potential alternative timelines that could have come to be if I had stayed. But, no, I do not regret my decision. Countless events, observations and conversations since then have left me … [Read more...]