“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. 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...]

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...]

Camp Pendleton Cornered Into Ceasing All Large Religious Events After a Decade of Violations!

Say WHAAAT!?! When I first contacted Justin about Rock Beyond Belief 2 my primary motivation was to meet other foxhole atheists. I can honestly say there are more of us out there than the numbers truly reveal! Most of us are just content to live and let live. Perhaps, in that, I am the exception to the rule. I've always been the type of guy to challenge the status quo when I knew it was wrong, to stand up for the little guy, and to push back when I saw a bully on the rampage. I never thought … [Read more...]

Transgender woman honorably discharged 31 years after going AWOL

HomePost's Beth Ford Roth writes: A transgender woman named Elizabeth Tremblay, who deserted the Marines 31 years ago when she was Pvt. Donald Tremblay, learned today she will get a discharge "with honorable conditions." HomePost has the full story including a short video interview. That interview was done before the Marine Corps decided her fate. I think you can tell she really loved being a Marine. I'm glad the USMC made the right call, and gave her an honorable discharge. … [Read more...]

Armor of Light / Camp Pendleton just don’t have the muscle

Armor of Light is a ministry that currently gets a lot of special treatment on the USMC base, Camp Pendleton (near San Diego). They recently posted this ridiculous picture on one of their facebook walls. You might need to see this one embiggened. The fellow with the sunburn has 2 biceps on one arm. He's going to beat the fellow with the mullet easily. Neat picture, though. - Justin Griffith … [Read more...]

Marine Corps base rejects atheist festival

Camp Pendleton's decision to reject our proposal violates federal ethics regulations. This is certainly a huge step in the wrong direction. We're still willing to work with officials before the San Diego area Marine Corps base is entrenched in a legal battle they can't possibly win. We've received mixed signals from Camp Pendleton in trying to organize Rock Beyond Belief 2. Initially, they were on board with treating us with equality. We are simply demanding the same access, treatment, and … [Read more...]

Why I’m leaving Rock Beyond Belief

^that guy^ Dubble yew Tee Eff!! I've been absent for awhile and I wish it were under better conditions that I was able to make another post. Unforunately, I will be leaving Rock Beyond Belief 2. My efforts to get this movement off the ground running have taken me on a short journey I thought I would never be a part of. I have been fortunate enough to meet so many amazing people within the freethought movement and learn about a community that I previously was unaware of. A community of … [Read more...]

Tampons and size 20 panties in the Marine Corps

Have you been the victim of the "Size 20 panties Marine Corps" copypasta? Well, one of the service members in the American Atheists Military facebook group has an amazing reply. The premise is that some male Marine opened a care package down-range. It was packed with feminine objects. He joked around with his fellow Marines using the various items. However, it turns out that those tampons were about to become really important in a life or death situation. The original spam concludes with a … [Read more...]