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...]

Expanding the Team: Introducing the Assistant Director at Rock Beyond Belief

Greetings I have ideas on topics to post about however, after reading Casey's introduction I realized before getting started I should probably write introduction of my own. I don't know about you, I find it difficult sometimes to talk about myself. I am never without something to say as long as the topic is not me, :) My name is Cat Burns, I have been a non-believer throughout my life. It wasn't until 2007 when I took the "atheist" label. I started volunteering in the atheist community … [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...]

Atheism Ruining Military Careers!? pt. 2

The fear is So many people have come to thank me for coming out as not only an atheist in the military but an activist as well. I’ve heard harrowing stories about how some people have had their careers completely sidelined due to the fact that they are atheists. I wanted to convey some of those stories now. When I am able and when those people are willing I will divulge that information. However, many of these people are still on active duty and afraid to come out. They fear retribution even … [Read more...]

Atheism Ruining Military Careers!? pt. 1

    This is going to be a 3 part series...so please stay tuned!    The fear is So many people have come to thank me for coming out as not only an atheist in the military but an activist as well. I've heard harrowing stories about how some people have had their careers completely sidelined due to the fact that they are atheists. I wanted to convey some of those stories now. When I am able and when those people are willing I will divulge that information. However, many … [Read more...]

Atheists are brave in war but not in life

According to some So sometimes I will listen to talk radio on the AM stations. You know, the ones that play Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, and the always comical Glen Beck. I don't actually listen to those shows most of the time because I feel like my brain is melting...but I do listen to some of the local shows. The local AM shows dial down the rhetoric and are sometimes quite informative...if not a bit too conservative for my tastes. Regardless I was listening to a station and they were talking … [Read more...]