Navy atheist’s epic win against “so help me god”

I've been privately asked a few times how to deal with re-enlistment oaths, and that tricky "so help me god." This is how. I had a run-in with an E9 who worked at Reserve Forces Command for my last reenlistment.  MY command was very understanding of atheism and accepted my wishes to change "So Help Me God" to "On My Honor" not only for the spoken oath, but also when I crossed out "so help me god" on the form and changed it to what I wanted. A couple of weeks after submission it … [Read more...]

Navy atheist came out of the closet on Good Friday

Over the last three weeks I've been hammering home the importance of identifying as an atheist on your records. Most atheists in the military are still under the false impression that it's not allowed. Most of us were told that "No Religious Preference" is all we can get. That hasn't been true for at least a decade. But worse than that, "NO REL PREF" can lead to seriously fucked up consequences. Sometime last month in reddit's atheism comment section, I encountered a reluctant closeted … [Read more...]

You have to pick a different religious preference. I can’t spell.

I'm typically not a grammar Nazi when it comes to online chatter, such as a facebook post. However, when you have a really important government form that impacts someone else's life (and even their death)... you simply need to get it right. This is super fail. Anyway... it's extremely important that we all stand up and be counted. Most of us were told that atheist was not an option (first time I've seen the 'I can't spell' defense.) Click here to fix your records in two minutes or … [Read more...]