American Atheists new Military Director

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American Atheists American Atheists, the "Marines of Freethought", this weekend hired a new Military Director to help ensure that no egregious religious violations conducted by the Department of Defense maintain a status quo for religious inequality in the armed forces. Rock Beyond Belief wants to congratulate American Atheists on filling this much needed position. Many times atheists serving in the military are overlooked by the vast civilian populace and it's a comfort knowing that there is … [Read more...]

When foxhole atheists find each other, they organize

Sergeant Joshua Gould is a foxhole atheist stationed at Fort Bragg. He wrote to me with two important questions, so I'm breaking them into two posts.Do you have some sort of club?So I have been reading your blog for a while and I went to the Rock Beyond Belief a few months ago. I have been lucky in my Army career and have always been open with my beliefs and have never dealt with any persecution of any kind. Well, aside from the strongly religious folks who get upset when discussions come … [Read more...]

I just missed the last chance to dance. How about you?

The Secular Student Alliance is the best 'chaptering' organization in our movement... by an extremely wide margin. The number of active chapters eclipses any other organization. Their numbers still continue to grow, and they even have groups at military academies, such as West Point.When I started the Military Atheists & Secular Humanists (MASH) movement in January of 2011, I was directly reading from their playbook. I think it's important to have at least one formal group for … [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...]

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...]

Army medic “has seen Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in action…Frankly, I’ll pass.”

Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, shared something with me today.He shared a report in USA Today that  speaks about the statistical trend away from traditional religious identities. MRFF is an important - albeit religiously neutral - ally to the secular community and fierce defender of the US Constitution. But Mikey saw something that he knew I'd appreciate:Paul Morris, an Army medic at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and veteran of six tours in the  … [Read more...]

Shitfaced in the Portal Potty

I've been deployed to the sandbox for several months. So I made this:What do you think about my Portal Potty?Don't get the joke? You must not have played the science and physics-based video game Portal (or it's incredible sequel - what an ending!) That's okay, you don't have to play it to get it, but you totally should. Even if you don't like video games.Watch this 30 second clip, and you'll get the idea.http://www.youtube.com/embed/H50wW4eAFKo?Portals are person-sized … [Read more...]

The single best video ever made about foxhole atheists (possibly NSFW)

This is that rare combination of well-informed reporting and genuinely funny brash sarcasm. Raleigh-based A-News is the DIY equivalent to the Daily Show / Colbert Report for atheists.I have no idea why this show isn't already massively popular.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhKKLhGijuQThis entire episode is dedicated to the recently reinvigorated struggle for acceptance by foxhole atheists. Is it too early to say 'the New Foxhole Atheists'? I'm proud to be one of the major players … [Read more...]


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