Secular Chaplains And A Tale of Two Service Members

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion... A few days ago, the House of Representatives of the United States set aside work on real problems so that they could pass a ban, sponsored by Rep. John Fleming, to prohibit the armed forces from appointing atheists or secular humanists to the chaplaincy.  Rep. Fleming had this to say: "The notion of an atheist chaplain is nonsensical; it's an oxymoron. It is absurd to argue that someone with no spiritual inclination should f … [Read more...]

Another Marine Corps Controversy from the Same Unit that Believes Atheism is Cause for “risky behavior”

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Atheism in the Marines As a Marine who is also an atheist this matter is very concerning to me. After publishing about the Marines classifying atheism as a "risky behavior" a Marine from H&S Battalion in Quantico reached out to me with this: I saw your blog entry about H&S Battalion in Quantico.  That specific unit has the most fundamentalist leadership, but I specifically blame the influence of this crusty old Roman Catholic Priest that was the chaplain there (I dunno if he still is, … [Read more...]

Marine Corps states Atheism as risk indicator for risky behavior

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Force Preservation Program In 2006 the Marine Corps saw the need to implement a new program that would foresee future problems with Marines and attempt to circumvent the destructive tendencies Marines were displaying at the time. It was understandable to put such a system in place. The Marine Corps was reaching an apex where they were losing more Marines to alcohol incidents, motorcycle fatalities, and suicides than they were to actual combat.So Marine Corps order 1500.58, an order … [Read more...]

Dear John Letters….

 Dear John To whomever you are. There may be some confusion on what it's like to be an atheist in the military. Don't worry! That is okay. I understand. I was a bigoted Christian when I joined the military, too. Fortunately, I've learned what it's like to not judge people based upon some false notion of truth. I'm willing to extend an invitation to you in helping understand that bigotry is wrong. So is lying and intentionally misleading people. Although, I understand mistakes can be … [Read more...]

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 this admin … [Read more...]

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, c … [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 as th … [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 appr … [Read more...]


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