Update Beyond Belief

This week will bring big news that will keep our all-volunteer staff busy for a while. It has been  nearly 5 months of learn-as-you-go grass roots activism that has paid off in spades. When we first approached several entities on Fort Bragg, we were how shall I say this? 'Politely laughed away'. Now, when I walk into an office, I'm asked why I didn't start planning this earlier! To which, I point out, "I had trouble getting by that guy at the front desk over there, the one who was politely … [Read more...]

Army Spiritual Fitness Concert Cost: $100K+ FOIA Docs Released

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) initiated a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request when the controversial Rock the Fort concert came to Fort Bragg, NC.  FOIA requests understandably take some time to process. However, we are excited to finally get an inside look at exactly how much support the Billy Graham Evangelical Association was given in order to evangelize as many soldiers, spouses, and civilians from the local area on stage. That was their stated purpose, and of course that … [Read more...]

Evangelist Franklin Graham banned by the Army earlier this year, continues to host other events on Bases

On September 25th, Franklin brought his evangelical 7.5 hour long event to Fort Bragg. His stated goal was to convert as many soldiers and their spouses. Fort Bragg was far from the first location of the so-called "Rock the Fort" events. They've bragged about converting over 500 soldiers on stage at the same time at one event, and 123 at another last year. There is a lot more to this story, and we've written extensively about this here and Atheist Oasis has an excellent lengthy treatment … [Read more...]

ACLU vs Rock the Fort, evangelical event sponsored by US Army and Billy Graham Evangelical Association

The ACLU's North Carolina Legal Foundation has been corresponding with Secretary of the Army, John McHugh about the recent Rock the Fort events that seem to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The letter to Sec. McHugh can be viewed here and it contains a relevant letter from the Fort Bragg garrison Chaplain. Highlights include: [Emphasis mine] According to a letter sent on Department of the Army letterhead by Chaplain Colonel David P. Hillis (see enclosed letter), this … [Read more...]

Rock the Fort Revisited (part two of two)

I'd like to repeat the following paragraph from last week's article before we begin: If you have been following this website for a while, you have probably noticed the purposeful avoidance of discussing the Rock the Fort controversy. Yes, it’s true that we’d like to stand on our own as an event, and distinguish ourselves as ‘not just a counter-event.’ However, in order to establish this difference, we need to explore exactly what and why the Rock the Fort event was offensive. If we are claiming t … [Read more...]

Rock the Fort revisited (part one of two)

If you have been following this website for a while, you have probably noticed the purposeful avoidance of discussing the Rock the Fort controversy. Yes, it's true that we'd like to stand on our own as an event, and distinguish ourselves as 'not just a counter-event.' However, in order to establish this difference, we need to explore exactly what and why the Rock the Fort event was offensive. If we are claiming to take the high road (and we are), we must first explain the low road.Luckily, … [Read more...]


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