Chaplain: “If you don’t fear god, you will live your life in a terrible way”

The New Foxhole Atheists are starting strong! Just hours ago I posted about an Air Force NCO who refuses to bow her head for Jesus. Shortly thereafter, that post generated a reply from a brand new foxhole atheist - fresh out of boot camp (congrats!) In Army Boot Camp at Ft. Jackson this spring, the chaplain would come around periodically and have a prayer with the company. I would never bow my head or close my eyes. Strangely, the only others that I saw when looking around that didn’t have … [Read more...]

The writing is on the wall at boot camp (literally)

A brand new foxhole atheist sent me a few pictures from his cell phone. He's in 'hell week' or 'reception week' of basic training. In a few days, his phone will be confiscated by his drill sergeants. He'll get it back when he's a soldier. This is Fort Jackson, SC. These posters are not government issued and are not supposed to be up. Since the command is either unaware or more likely - complicit - they've basically established another weird little 'Limited Public Forum'. All points of view … [Read more...]

Air Force atheist empowers others – ¡Viva la Revolución!

USAF Staff Sergeant Dan Rawlings was directly responsible for the atheist holiday sign on Travis Air Force Base. He's been doing the podcast circuit, and recently checked in with the Angry Atheist for a chat. You can listen to it right here: http://angryatheist.info/?powerpress_embed=515-podcast&powerpress_player=default Afterwards, he started getting the inevitable "me-toos!" and "I thought I was the only one!" trickle of emails. This is empowerment. Change is impossible without … [Read more...]

Who here is offended by religion?

This is another inspirational and informative letter from a New Foxhole Atheist. He already took the oath of enlistment, and expects to ship out to Basic Training soon. His experiences at the regular 'drill' sessions contained a few pink flags. I'm an atheist in the bible belt, and currently serving in the Army National Guard. Reading about Megan Hurtwitt in Texas is really inspiring, it can be really difficult in the bible belt. I too omitted "so help me God" from my oath, and the Marine … [Read more...]

Many more Atheists being forced to accept ‘NO-REL-PREF’

This morning's article about a Marine recruit who got NO-REL-PREF against her will got a bit of attention. Much of it was from people who had almost the exact same experience. I've seen hundreds of comments to that effect in the few posts I've made that dealt with this topic. For instance, shortly after I shared the story, this happened on Facebook: This is undeniably a very pervasive trend, and one that leads to disenfranchisement of our community. Not to mention an under … [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...]