First Official Rock Beyond Belief Trailer Released

YouTube's themanofearth put together this amazing video for us in HD. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG0YXnGeRnQ My friend Adam (themanofearth - you should definitely subscribe to his channel) put together this awesome video for us. The audio comes with the help of The Skeptic Hour podcast - an up and comer in the scene. The high quality microphone I was speaking on comes courtesy of FrostCall - the secular podcast from former Marine Corps service member, Tom and his wife Wendy. This video … [Read more...]

BRB, Surgery.

I'll be out of commission for a few more days. I just had major surgery. The surgery was painful, and I can barely walk. But, I'm trying to deal with it all with humor. Please forgive me for this post. NSFW … [Read more...]

Foxhole Atheist Justin Griffith’s reply to Fort Bragg Commander

***Attention Readers*** The following is my reply to Colonel Sicinski, the Garrison Commander at Fort Bragg. He had commented on this website two weeks ago, and I've now received assurance that I would be able to post and respectfully reply to it without fear of repercussions. I maintain the utmost respect for my entire chain of command, and appreciate this opportunity to clear the air about some complicated issues. ---- Sir, I really appreciate that you reached out to me and the readers … [Read more...]

Spiritually Unfit Soldiers FORCED to see Chaplains, to get “born again”

I just received this chilling letter from a Soldier who recently took the mandatory Soldier Fitness Tracker test, shared to me with permission, from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). The name has been withheld out of fear, but I'm assured that this matter is being worked very hard. [note: emphasis mine, and I broke it into paragraphs, as the email communication garbled the formatting.] Before I tell you, Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF of my total outrage at the U.S. Army for … [Read more...]

How a non-theist Soldier fails mandatory Spirituality test

Ed Brayton's popular ScienceBlog: Dispatches From the Culture Wars has been very nice to Rock Beyond Belief. Ed has posted about what we are trying to do with our festival, and has even graciously agreed to emcee the event. Since I broke the dreadful Soldier Fitness Tracker survey story last week, a lot of attention has been devoted to that topic all over the internet. Ed's latest article about that story sparked some interesting commentary that made me realize that people didn't understand how … [Read more...]

Despite rumors: SGT Griffith does exist. Sorry, fundies!

Last week, I was (somehow) the first person to break the news about the Soldier Fitness Tracker (SFT) survey which implies that atheists like myself are unfit as soldiers, need therapy, and lack a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.Well the story went viral and the millions of people trying to get to my site made our server explode. Luckily, there were many articles that summed it all up within hours all over the secular blogosphere. We expect some major developments from a variety of … [Read more...]

RBB hangs out with $10,000 donor, and an openly Atheist politician

Ten days ago (22 Dec 2010), most of the local Rock Beyond Belief crew met up with the Triangle Freethought Society. They were hosting Cecil Bothwell, an atheist whose recent election shook North Carolina's religious community to the core (he won.) Not only did they play dirty during the campaign, sending out flyers and 'nastygrams' denouncing him as an evil atheist, they even attempted to interfere with his inaugruation to the Asheville City Council well after the election was settled. They … [Read more...]

Foxhole Atheist Gets ‘A’ Tattoo for Christmas

I found a good way to spend some of the money that I would have spent on Christmas presents... Rock Beyond Belief's upcoming festival at Fort Bragg draws a lot of inspiration from the Out Campaign, launched by Richard Dawkins. Via Out Campaign: The OUT Campaign allows individuals to let others know they are not alone. It can also be a nice way of opening a conversation and help to demolish the negative stereotypes of atheists. Let the world know that we are not about to go away and that … [Read more...]

Foxhole Atheist volunteers to take 24 hour duty on Christmas

In the U.S. Army, just about every unit has a headquarters of some sort. This headquarters must be manned at all times by at least two or more soldiers (depending on the building / unit). Typically, there is a rotating roster of soldiers that have to pull a 24 hour shift. Including Christmas Day. It just so happens that one of the more religious people in my unit, a devout Mormon with a large family, got selected for today's shift. As a former Christian, I really understand the importance of … [Read more...]