A Thank You Note From an Elementary School Friend

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I woke up this morning to find this in my inbox from an old friend, Wes, whom I've known since Elementary school: Just wanted to take the time and thank you for being an atheist that doesn't feel the need to bash religion on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Have a friend who I am considering deleting from Facebook for the mere fact that she feels the need to spread hate through being an atheist - and you and I know, that regardless of religious/non-religious affiliation - spreading hate is … [Read more...]

SGT Nicholson and wife get atheist tattoos

Kelly sent me this picture:My husband (SGT Nicholson) and I in Texas while he was stationed at Goodfellow. These are the tattoos we got together. Think you'll appreciate them. Don't mind the drunk guy in the background.Awesome!I've written previously about military atheists getting tattoos. You might want to check out the story about the Navy Atheist who was forced to get his Bad Religion 'cross buster' tattoos covered up. He later got much bigger versions on his back! … [Read more...]

With (Facebook) friends like these…

Who needs NME's? (or Melody Makers for that matter)**I think I was just the victim of a clever attempt to block me on Facebook.  I was accepting the friend requests on my Facebook account. I noticed 2 or 3 of them were not actually friend requests. Instead they were 'suggested friends', allowing me to request them. So I clicked the button.I thought to myself"that's nice of them, finding me some more foxhole atheists to interact with, or other interested people..."I was wrong. A few ho … [Read more...]

Inspirational video of Megan Hurwitt, America’s newest Foxhole Atheist

Megan Hurwitt joined the military last week. This 44 second video of the ceremony is pretty awesome.Megan Hurwitt just joined the Texas Army National Guard. Her ceremony was in Houston, and it went like this:"I, your name." I, Megan Hurwitt."Do solemnly swear." Do solemnly affirm.*pause*"To support and defend" To support and defend"The Constitution of the United States" the Constitution of the United States,"And the state of Texas" and the state of Texas,"against … [Read more...]

U.S. Marine briefly arrested for not attending “all faiths” religious service

The following is sent in by David Z. - A former Marine Corps NCO. My contributions are clearly marked. First, I want to say that the Rock Beyond Belief concert is an awesome idea.  I wish the best for you, and I hope it turns out great.  I might try to come to it, if an Honorably Discharged Marine is allowed to come. [Edit - Justin Griffith: Of course!] I read a story you posted about a Sgt who wore a Bad Religion shirt and at the bottom you asked for people to share their stories.Boot Camp's " … [Read more...]

National Guard’s new religious ads: “(only some of) you are needed here”

Zachary Sneddon, a U.S. Navy Avionics Technician sent in this screen capture of a new National Guard online advertising campaign.Sneddon explains: "I took this screen capture while browsing; draw your attention to the banner ad to the right of the media window in this picture. It's a recruitment ad for the Army National Guard. The picture is of the torso of a man wearing fatigues with captain's bars and carrying a bible in his hand, one of the ubiquitous Christian "HOLY BIBLE" generic … [Read more...]

NY Times Covers Foxhole Atheist Justin Griffith’s Activism

The New York Times ran a high-visibility story on the foxhole atheist activist projects that I've spearheaded in the last 6 months. FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon.But an atheist?Strange as it sounds, groups r … [Read more...]


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