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...]

Canadian foxhole atheists also have trouble getting accurate dog tags

It's like the guy at almost every dog tag machine all of a sudden forgets about pluralism when an atheist approaches. Len Blakely wrote to me about his experiences in Canada. It sounds all too familiar. After trying about 150 times to photograph it I decided it wasn't working. I managed to cobble together a power cord for my scanner and electrical tape up the usb cable so it worked. At any rate here they are, Atheist dog tags Canadian style. (NRE=No Religion Expressed.) When I first … [Read more...]

The atheist Marine Corps recruit that fought the NO-REL-PREF and won!

I needed a bit of good news. I'm sure many of you are of the same mind. Readers may recall a short burst of posts about people being screwed over with NO-REL-PREF on their records at the first stop in their military career. It started with a Marine Corps recruit who was very adamant about wanting ATHEIST on records. Despite this, she was incorrectly told that it wasn't possible. This post immediately brought countless 'me too' comments and stories, clearly indicating that this is a … [Read more...]

Atheist soldier killed in action, family proselytized due to NO-REL-PREF

Another debate-ending story on whether or not it is important to get ATHEIST on your records, rather than the inaccurate and inappropriate NO-REL-PREF. Text below the fold... … [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...]

Another foxhole atheist given “No-Rel-Pref” against her will

I've written previously about my difficulty getting both my dog tags and my Enlisted Records Brief to accurately reflect 'ATHEIST'. Some of the story is kind of funny and even eventually made it on the Flying Spaghetti Monster website. My corrected dogtags even made it on Wikipedia! NO-REL-PREF makes you a target for proselytism (even more than ATHEIST), as the largest Chaplain's endorsing agency has a policy "... reserving the right to evangelize the unchurched". Every time this subject … [Read more...]

Air Force atheist makes a new friend at the dog tag machine

My friend over in the Air Force, Daniel Rawlings, is an ex-Mormon and out of the closet atheist. He drove hours to make it to many of our awesome MASH Fort Bragg meetings. He has now been reassigned much further away to Travis Air Force Base, in California. Such is the transient nature of military life. But take a look at some awesome that he shared with us: I am in currently in processing into my new squadron here at Travis AFB, one of the steps is a new issue of "Dog Tags" for my … [Read more...]