Christians should eat free food with Fort Bragg atheists on Saturday

Todd Stiefel takes an unconventional approach to philanthropy. He put up the $50,000 at American Atheists that made our festival possible via his Stiefel Freethought Foundation.That represents 100% of the funding. Last week, we were discussing ways to soften the blow that many Christians feel we are inflicting. We're not attacking them at all, but it's been portrayed as such by many prominent religious leaders (including Chaplains). Todd mentioned that his wife was a Christian, and that he's … [Read more...]

“Nice chest hair, asshole.” This one’s for you, reddit.

Reddit's atheist community has been extremely kind to the Rock Beyond Belief festival.Without their overwhelming support and pleas for me to keep them informed, I might have given up. But a recent picture in a news story made me think back to a surreal moment on reddit. One of my favorite things that I learned from reddit was how to take criticism. Especially extremely harsh but still funny criticism. The first really jarring experience came from December 2010 - 3 months into planning … [Read more...]

Fort Bragg’s MAJ Ray Bradley seeks recognition for humanists

An associated press article that ran in dozens of newspapers nationwide tells the story of US Army Major Ray Bradley. Major Bradley is currently fighting to get 'humanist' on the military's official list of recognized religious preferences. RALEIGH, N.C. - Soldiers who don’t believe in God can go to war with “Atheist” stamped on their dog tags, but humanists and others with various secular beliefs are still officially invisible in the Army. Maj. Ray Bradley is applying to be the … [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 … [Read more...]

Fort Bragg’s ban on atheist meetings wont apply this weekend

We broke so much ground last year, and attracted national media attention. We were on the cover of the New York Times, and when the Associated Press got hold of us - we were on the cover of hundreds of newspapers. All the while, the Chaplaincy's regulations were preventing us from meeting on post. We've had to meet in people's homes, often an hours drive for some members. And we are unable to collect donations the way the other religious preferences are allowed. I spent thousands in the first … [Read more...]

Atheists at Travis Air Force Base have a meaningful community

I'm extremely comforted that the lessons learned at Fort Bragg's MASH are contagious. Once you organize, a meaningful community quickly follows. It's amazing how fast Travis Air Force Base organized into something with tangible accomplishments, like the first ever atheist holiday display on a military base - next to the Nativity Scene and Menorah. USAF Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings was a part of the initial group at Fort Bragg's MASH. He was very enthusiastic then, but when he got to his … [Read more...]

Rapture Ready cockroaches pray that the foxhole atheist festival is cancelled

No apocalyptic doomsayer has ever been correct about doomsayings. It seems that a failed end-times prophecy should logically teach adherents a valuable lesson in gullibility (a word that emphatically is in the dictionary, but unfortunately spelled incorrectly in many dictionaries.) You've heard the saying about cockroaches surviving even a nuclear world war? Well, much like cockroaches, the rapture eschatology continues to thrive despite a few centuries of failed predictions. The word … [Read more...]

Dr. J Anderson Thomson Supports Military Atheists

Dr. J Anderson Thomson's 2011 book Why We Believe In God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith is getting noticed in all the right circles. "This book about the evolutionary drivers of religiosity would have delighted [Darwin].... One by one the components of religion receive the Thomson treatment. Every point he makes has the ring of truth, abetted by a crisp style and vivid imagery. Andy Thomson is an outstandingly persuasive lecturer, and it shines through his writing. This short, … [Read more...]

Frostcall Interviews Justin Griffith, Jason Torpy, Grace Quiroz

Frostcall's Tom and Wendy have been extremely kind to Rock Beyond Belief, devoting several episodes to our project, even before we gained the current momentum we are enjoying. The Frostcall podcast is consistently entertaining, and has enjoyed steadily increasing popularity in the crowded field of atheist radio shows. It's perhaps because of the unique perspective the hosts share, recent de-conversion. Tom and Wendy met and fell in love in a pentecostal church.  Tom was raised an … [Read more...]