MRFF Congratulates Air Force on Removing Unconstitutional Sectarian Holiday Scene

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At  11:48 EST this morning I was alerted by MRFF clients of a nativity scene that had been placed aboard Shaw Air Force Base, next to Memorial Lake. This in and of itself is not a problem. However, it was not within the vicinity of any chapel and was not part of a scene designed to accommodate all religious preferences, or no preferences, aboard the base. It was very sectarian in nature and a direct violation of the US Constitution as well as a blatant violation of Air Force Instruction … [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...]

Visual representation of atheists fighting for equality and winning

This is a before and after shot documenting the rapid changes the commanders at Travis Air Force Base are implementing. I made Dan Rawlings' quite legitimate 'Let there be light...' complaint public on Wednesday morning. The picture at the bottom represents Wednesday night. Click to embiggen. Foxhole atheists are demanding equality at every step. This year, we started winning. - (Tuesday night on Top; Wednesday night on Bottom) American Atheists just donated the sign to Staff … [Read more...]

Agnostic from Travis Air Force Base hates mockery, can’t spell ‘atheist’

The sign says "Have a safe holiday season". But you'd think it said "I toss Christians into the Sun", judging from the butt hurt coming out of this self identified 'agnostic' also stationed at Travis AFB (verified) who hated the signs. "I think it’s more than a bit funny that you **NEED** christianity in order to define your faith (and yes, atheism is a faith). Nothing more than an asterisk on the end of Christianity. What’s the point? I am an agnostic…you’re all dumb. Should have … [Read more...]

Travis Air Force Base now ensures uniformed lighting for holiday displays

American Atheists donated the twice-vandalized holiday sign to Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings and the atheists at Travis MASH. The sign simply says "Have a safe holiday season - from the atheists at Travis MASH". Rawlings remained in constant contact with me and described each step of his wildly successful efforts for equality. As we mentioned earlier, one of the remaining disparities was the lighting for the different displays. The Nativity Scene was permitted much more lighting than anyone … [Read more...]

Let there be light, and a lot more of it for baby Jesus

Fresh off of being vandalized, the officials at Travis Air Force Base secure the lighting for the atheist sign. Sounds good right? Well like many parts of the story, it's once again 2 steps forward, one step back. Progress, but seriously... what the hell? They took down his 120 watt bulb, and replaced it with a 40 watt bulb. Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings explains in an epic Facebook post. Click to embiggen Let there be light!! …. and a lot more for Baby Jesus. The wise men only … [Read more...]

Another military base, another Nativity Scene – this time in Kentucky.

Foxhole atheists are taking notice of the rapid changes made at Travis Air Force Base nativity scene, spearheaded by Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings. Fort Campbell needs to rapidly respond to the atheists that want to put up a holiday display there. Early reports are stating that this was put up today. This is an absolutely inappropriate place. This is nowhere near a chapel, which is still inappropriate if they refuse to support an atheist group. Travis AFB officials blocked the efforts of … [Read more...]

Air Force changes mind, atheist holiday display now welcome at Travis AFB

This display will be going up as early as tomorrow morning at Travis Air Force Base, courtesy of American Atheists. Rawlings says the artwork including images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is playful. Civilians will probably miss out on the real in-joke here. The entire military has inescapable and seemingly endless 'safety briefings'. It was pretty hilarious when Travis AFB officials seemed to side against 'safety' at first. As a tradition, every squadron on Travis AFB submits a … [Read more...]

Air Force Base denies atheist display, allows Menorah and Nativity Scene

Travis Air Force base is already under intense scrutiny over these displays that are inappropriate to begin with. The official word so far was that each of the 20 or so displays represented a squadron on base. Apparently this facade implies that an entire squadron is Jewish. And wouldn't you know it - their display just happened to be next to an entire squadron of Nativity Scene enthusiasts. (Forgive the transition into third-person, but the following is from an upcoming press release … [Read more...]