Actually, calling Mikey Weinstein an atheist IS Defamation!

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In the news Recently there has been a media flurry surrounding Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Megyn Kelly, of Fox News, along with James and Shirley Dobson went on a verbal assault of Mikey and MRFF.  Claiming that Mikey was an atheist (he's not) and the MRFF was an atheist organization (it's not) .Now is this a problem? That all depends upon context. 'Atheist' is not defamation Actually...Before you can make an argument as to whether or not … [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...]

Fox News bears false witness about the Camp Pendleton cross

The Camp Pendleton cross was simply illegal, and the Marine Corps quickly did the right thing and had it removed requested a legal review. (There is an almost identical story where a cross was indeed removed at Camp Marmal very recently. I wonder how that legal review is going to turn out at Camp Pendleton... come on leadership - get ahead of this. Take this cross down too.)Existing and long-standing military regulations specifically ban this. No atheists 'sued'. A mistake was corrected and … [Read more...]

Camp Pendleton cross was *illegal*, predictably Fox News freaked out

American Atheists Vice President (and former Military Director / my mentor!) Kathleen Johnson handled the situation perfectly. Which is almost certainly why they ended the segment soon after she was given a turn to speak.http://www.youtube.com/embed/RbVepqLTOxU?FACT:Camp Pendleton is not in Afghanistan.Camp Pendleton is near San Diego.All chapels have complied with the concept of neutralizing / sanitizing the area after every religious ceremony to provide real neutrality... f … [Read more...]

My first act as Military Director of American Atheists

This is a big announcement for me. SGT Justin Griffith appointed as American Atheists’ Military DirectorAmerican Atheists is pleased to announce the appointment of Army Sergeant Justin Griffith as American Atheists’ Military Director.  Sergeant Griffith replaces First Sergeant (Retired) Kathleen Johnson, who stepped down in order to focus on her duties as American Atheists’ Vice President.  SGT Griffith is the founder of the Military Atheists and Secular Humanists (MASH) at Fort Bragg, NC and i … [Read more...]

American Atheists Inc. Issues Statement of Intent to Fort Bragg

David Silverman, President of American Atheists, has been in direct contact with me since November, whole-heartedly supporting the Rock Beyond Belief festival.Given the recent issue about Fort Bragg telling reporters that our lineup hadn't submitted a curious thing called a 'Statement of Intent', David instinctively issued an organization-wide 'Statement of Intent' to support us. Brilliant.Via: Rock Beyond Belief: Statement of Intent ICO American Atheists, Inc.American Atheists, Inc. … [Read more...]


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