Glenwood Elementary admits mistake, apologizes for “I love Jesus because…”

American Atheists is proud to announce that Glenwood Elementary in the McDowell County (NC) School District, has apologized for the unconstitutional "I love Jesus because ___" controversy.An article I wrote here on FtB last week sounded the alert, and the secular internet community reacted strongly. Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media support is often crucial to our success at American Atheists (I'm the Military Director at American Atheists).Here are the results, for … [Read more...]

High ranking chaplain leaves out ‘so help me god’ (awesome video)

Amazingly, this just happened.http://www.youtube.com/embed/7XQXBAGQ7xY?I already typed this into YouTube's description, so forgive the 3rd person narrative.The Chaplain respectfully leaves off "so help me god" for the deployed atheist soldier's re-enlistment ceremony.Chaplain (Colonel) Strohm is overseeing Sergeant Justin Griffith's re-enlistment ceremony. The Chaplain is a devout Christian with decades of active-duty service.Sergeant Griffith is the Military Director for … [Read more...]

Kurt Vonnegut on Atheists in Foxholes

A friend left this quote on my facebook wall."The sermon was based on what he claimed was a well-known fact, that there were no Atheists in foxholes. I asked Jack what he thought of the sermon afterwards, and he said, "There's a chaplain who never visited the front." -Kurt Vonnegut Hocus Pocus … [Read more...]

Why don’t you just get out of the Army if you hate it?

Spoiler: I don't hate it...?Fred English is a super-troll who goes out of his way to harass foxhole atheists. He found me on Facebook and has been saying dumb things to me ever since.Like this:"why dont you get out? if you dont like what the army does you damn sure joined and i know you did not get drafted" - Fred English, ignorant trollMy reply:‎Fred English, why would I get out of the Army? I love the Army, I love this country, and I follow my oath to serve and defend the Co … [Read more...]

Recently killed Al Qaeda spokesman Anwar al-Awlaki was an American citizen

Navy atheist, Zachary Sneddon wrote:Aggressor or not, on foreign soil or not, Anwar al-Awlaki was a natural-born American citizen; he never renounced his citizenship, and that makes him a traitor, not a foreign combatant. Treason is the highest crime in our law code, but it is still a federal crime, and as a citizen he had exactly the same rights and entitlements to a fair and open trial that you or I do. How does THAT make you feel?  -Zachary SneddonThis launched a pretty amazing … [Read more...]

Foxhole Atheists are fighting for your rights, please return the favor.

Pleased to meet you, FTB!I'm a foxhole atheist. Though I do not speak on behalf of the DoD in any way, I am an active duty Sergeant in the U.S. Army, currently deployed.We are the last untapped demographic in the Out Campaign. The negative stereotypes, myths, and misunderstandings that are universally applied to atheists in America are even more intense in the military. It's because many of us have been too afraid of retribution, and jeopardizing our careers to even come out and say "I … [Read more...]

U.S. Marine briefly arrested for not attending “all faiths” religious service

The following is sent in by David Z. - A former Marine Corps NCO. My contributions are clearly marked. First, I want to say that the Rock Beyond Belief concert is an awesome idea.  I wish the best for you, and I hope it turns out great.  I might try to come to it, if an Honorably Discharged Marine is allowed to come. [Edit - Justin Griffith: Of course!] I read a story you posted about a Sgt who wore a Bad Religion shirt and at the bottom you asked for people to share their stories.Boot Camp's " … [Read more...]

My daughter thinks daddy lives in the computer

She definitely knows me, even though I've been gone for quite some time.Zoe is our first, and she is 7 months old now. I get to watch her grow up while deployed thanks to webcam technology. Many veterans of previous wars relied upon slow correspondence through letters or they used the phone every few weeks. I get so much more, and I'm grateful.Recently I even told my niece that I lived in the computer, and that I was hungry. She 'fed' me chips that she was snacking on. My family wasn't … [Read more...]


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