Jesus, Camp Pendleton! 2nd foxhole atheist festival announced

My name is Paul Loebe and I am a Marine Sergeant. I am stationed at Camp Pendleton and I am an atheist. I'm working on this: In the beginning I spent a quarter century of my life heavily involved in church as a Bible-thumping believer. Then came the fateful day when I began to compare the teachings of the Bible alongside historical and scientific data and my path towards recognizing my cognitive dissonance began. Needless to say the mindless drivel that guides religious faith fell apart … [Read more...]

Two marriage proposals at the Fort Bragg atheist festival

Just before the camera started rolling, I started the set up: "The best part of any YouTube debate is always a Q & A session. It's a bit more intimate, and honest discussion starts happening. So let's get a mix-mic out there, for some Q & A" /www.youtube.com/embed/DJHajd68AMQ? Congratulations to the Riddlehoovers! That's enough Q & A. Dave Silverman then joined me on stage and we shared 'a moment'. A second marriage proposal almost happened! This footage comes from the … [Read more...]

FastSigns initially refused to print THIS atheist sign!?

A local FastSigns store refused to print this sign: Yeah. Nothing in there attacking religion at all. It's simply 'atheist'. That one word. What the hell? They eventually changed their minds, after my team member fired off an angry response to this: From: FASTSIGNS 243 Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:04 AM Subject: MASH banner Thank you for contacting us regarding your banner needs for your upcoming event. Its certainly something we could do for you. I was not aware that we … [Read more...]

Vet drives to Bragg after his court hearing, arrested for atheist activism

I've previously posted about the strange proselytism that John Kieffer endured at Fort Bragg in the 1970's. Mandatory 'born again' day, he called it. Sounds familiar. Well, John is driving back up to Fort Bragg for Saturday's groundbreaking atheist festival. But he has one thing to do before he can be on his way. He has to go to court on Friday for another hearing for... not praying at a Polk County, FL school board meeting. Atheist of Florida President John Kieffer was arrested on … [Read more...]

This map of our festival’s layout is freaking certain people out

Can you spot who? Hint: it's the 'building' that looks like Macaulay Culkin. Jason Torpy from MAAF just sent me this. I laughed like a bastard. He said it was in response to the deafening silence coming from the chaplaincy at Fort Bragg. Not a single one at Fort Bragg seems to want to speak about it to anyone. One chaplain who just left Fort Bragg didn't get the memo, when he recently demanded that commanders "stop us from burning down churches." I know there are some chaplains … [Read more...]

Fort Bragg wont let us feed homeless vets at the atheist festival

I fought very hard for this to happen at the festival this weekend. We went back and forth for several months. The 'pro-starvation' camp has prevailed. The idea was simple. Our festival is already paid for, via a generous donation from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation (directly deposited into our accounts at American Atheists). So here we are with a free festival on our hands. We would have put the word out to bring canned food (and similar items). Next, we would drop off the food … [Read more...]

MSNBC’s excellent coverage of the upcoming foxhole atheist festival

How has the massive atheist festival on a military base not broken through to network television news? The awesome stuff at Reason Rally probably had something to do with it. But that's over now - so please help us get the word out - now! Finally, MSNBC has some meaningful coverage: After a sometimes painful 18 months of gestation, Sgt. Justin Griffith of Fort Bragg, N.C., exclaims, "My baby is about to be born!" His baby is Rock Beyond Belief, apparently the first major atheist event on a … [Read more...]

Fort Bragg troll researches lyrics, “Spoonboy has daddy issues lol”

Here we go again. This is basically how it started with the hysteria about Aiden's lyrics, but then some unethical journalism spun it out of control. Now it's right on the Fort Bragg official facebook post about Rock Beyond Belief. I was wondering how long it would take for fundies to turn on another musician in our lineup. Someone discovered the intensely intellectual pop-gems that David Combs a.k.a. Spoonboy belts out. But they didn't attack the atheist stuff. It got weird. Instead they … [Read more...]


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