DoD’s top chaplains finally discussed letting atheists meet on post

After years of trying to get the military to formally recognize and support atheist groups equally, an answer may be forthcoming. It's a no-brainer from a legal standpoint. Establishment Clause, EEO, Limited Public Forum... pick your poison. Unfortunately, it really could go either way - potentially begging a massive lawsuit.I have it on good authority that after over a year of stalling, the Armed Forces Chaplains Board finally discussed the issue. It's still not even clear if they've made a … [Read more...]

PBS coverage of Rock Beyond Belief

Check it out!Rachel Medley's soundbites were triumphant and prescient - despite some setbacks RBB faced at getting the Golden Knights to agree to jump. I'm comfortable with my own comments, as well. I've been the victim of unethical editing before, and I'm glad to say this is not one of those times.My favorite part of the report comes from Richard Dawkins' speech.Indeed. To all of the people who thought our festival was offensive, please redirect your anger to the people who … [Read more...]

Spiritual Fitness: “Chaplains are advocates for everyone”

The above image is part of that mandatory Spiritual Fitness training you (yes, you) can help us debunk! Participate in that survey to help scientists help foxhole atheists.We are still banned on post because of a single sentence in the Chaplain regulations (AR 165-1)"DFGLs will not conduct services before approval by the IMCOM or MEDCOM Command Chaplains."This means we can't even meet in some gazebo on post. Or near a dumpster. Not allowed, and we've been reminded by them several times. T … [Read more...]

Captain Ryan Jean: “Getting ATHEIST on my records took two minutes”

A while back I posted about a heart wrenching and debate-ending example of why foxhole atheists need to demand NO-REL-PREF be accurately updated on their records to ATHEIST. Many are being told that it's not possible - and on the contrary it has been for decades.Captain Ryan Jean wrote to me:It took me two minutes and an open-minded Admin NCO to change my religious affiliation from "NO-REL-PREF" to "ATHEIST" back in 2009.It took me a week of waiting and ten bucks of my own money to g … [Read more...]


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