Little Babies – OM NOM NOM!

It seems we've been caught.My father read my post about working with Chaplains and not against. He saw the piece end with the 'atheist baby-eating' meme, and he felt the urge to call us out. You'll notice that my sister, Nina, is chatting with my wife, Tianna, about how scrumptious our daughter looks on Facebook.The jig is up!My dad is a pretty funny and awesome guy. You may remember his last interaction with this website, when he wished me a happy Easter and also completely debunked all … [Read more...]

Working With Chaplains and Not Against Them

Some of my greatest allies in the fight for atheists and humanists gaining acceptance in the Chaplaincy actually comes from Chaplains.It's difficult to write about many of these Chaplains, or other officers that support these efforts. They tend to get worried about publicity and things of that nature. This is one of the reasons why some readers may get the false impression that the entire chaplaincy is out to get us. Don't get me wrong, there are things that desperately need to be corrected. … [Read more...]

There are no atheists in foxholes in sandstorms.

This picture was taken of Justin Griffith in (not so) broad daylight.There are no atheists in foxholes in sandstorms. We're too smart for that shit. Very beige In case you were wondering, yes you can dig a foxhole in the desert. Sand doesn't play nice with the most common weapons we use (M16 / M4), and it's not all that common. But it can be done in the desert terrain.But in a sandstorm?The current sandstorm we are going through out here would render digging efforts completely useless. … [Read more...]

Merriam-Webster Cites Sergeant Griffith For “Secular” Entry

I really hope I don't misspell anything in this post.Anyway, Robert "Chip" Matthews, production manager at Rock Beyond Belief, got an interesting email this morning. Chip had signed up with Merriam-Webster's 'Word of the Day' messages a while back. Today's word of the day is Secular.Awesome. But it gets better. secular SEK-yuh-ler adjective 1 a :           of or relating to the worldly or temporal b :           not overtly or specifically religious c :           not ecclesiastical or cleric … [Read more...]

Brave Army Captain On the Dangers of Fighting Proselytism

I get a lot of touching comments, and letters of support from inside and outside of the military. The Rock Beyond Belief team has a few officers on board, but this letter comes from a Captain who understands the complications keeping most of my fellow team members, and foxhole atheists in general, from publicly identifying themselves.In case the reader is unaware, simply speaking out in the military is not easy. And standing up for what is right when it comes to religion and proselytism is … [Read more...]

We Just Received a $50,000 Donation From the Stiefel Freethought Foundation

AMAZING!The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has just increased their pledge to Rock Beyond Belief to $50,000. This is enough money to allow the nonreligious military community to fully fund the event on the parade field at Fort Bragg this Fall. All we need now is co-sponsorship from Fort Bragg (which they promised and even sort of delivered before).This removes one of the last possible pseudo-arguments held over our heads. They denied us any funding at all on our first attempt, saying that we … [Read more...]

Raising the US Flag the Day After Bin Laden’s Death Announced

Five hours ago, President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. Special Operations carried out in Pakistan ended with a bullet in Bin Laden's head. Celebrations erupted in the streets of nation, despite the near midnight announcement.httpv://'m proud of the military members who carried this mission out. I'm proud of my Commander-in-Chief, who even took some flack during the election season over promising to take military action in Pakistan if … [Read more...]

NY Times Covers Foxhole Atheist Justin Griffith’s Activism

The New York Times ran a high-visibility story on the foxhole atheist activist projects that I've spearheaded in the last 6 months. FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon.But an atheist?Strange as it sounds, groups r … [Read more...]