Calling all foxhole atheists – fill out THIS version of the Spiritual Fitness test.

That's right, there is research being done into that offensive mandatory Spiritual Fitness testing and training. I was shocked at the test, and surprised that I was the first person to even call it out.Please fill out this new version of the test no matter if you are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps... Active, Reserve, National Guard.If you are a CURRENT OR VETERAN U.S. Military service member: (Update: civilians can click here) CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW TEST U.S. Military Personnel and … [Read more...]

U.S. Army says: Spiritual people make better soldiers

I was shocked that I was the first person to 'break' the story of the Army's *mandatory* Spiritual Fitness testing, and the equally mandatory remedial training that comes with it when you fail. Hours of remedial Spiritual Fitness training - so that I don't commit suicide because I'm an atheist.So is 'Spiritual Fitness' about religion?There are two different and conflicting responses coming from DoD.One line paints a rosy picture where "Spiritual" means team spirit or human spirit.  This is … [Read more...]

Army Chaplaincy’s Spiritual Resilience e-book removed from Amazon

The Army's controversial mandatory Spiritual Fitness testing and training has left a trail of confused defenders who are not all on the same page. They didn't all 'get the script' when it comes to the constitutional implications of  their program. Some say Spiritual Fitness and its interchangeable pseudonym Spiritual Resilience, is merely referring to 'Team Spirit' or 'Human Spirit'.  Most of its proponents, however, correctly assert that the concept is firmly rooted in religion.Maybe this wi … [Read more...]

Al Stefanelli Joins the lineup

Fort Bragg has signaled that they are all but finalized with their approval of our event. We are eager to stop stringing along so many great guests for a pretty cool opportunity to speak on a military base. The extensive process of being approved necessitated this situation, and now that we seem to have locked in a date, we have lost two of our guests due to scheduling conflicts: Eugenie Scott, and MelodySheep. We sincerely thank each of them for lending us their names and supporting the … [Read more...]

Army’s Spiritual Misfits must complete Spiritual Fitness training

The screen capture above is dated 13 February 2011.Compare to last month's quote from the people behind this test: [The upper leadership behind the Soldier Fitness Tracker] says the training module only offers ideas for developing one's spiritual side. It is not mandatory and has no effect on one's career. - 13 January 2011. [Source: NPR] Keep in mind, even if this training was optional (which it decidedly does not appear to be), the offensive test itself is not. After you complete the test, … [Read more...]

US Army’s Virtual Spiritual Fitness Center Opens, Says Atheism = Faith

Perhaps due to the recent public pressure the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness department of the Army has been facing, they have opened a Virtual Spiritual Fitness Center. You should remember that their controversial Soldier Fitness Tracker is mandatory for all Soldiers, and was not available to the public.The new Virtual Spiritual Fitness Center is very much available to the public. (*** UPDATE: If the link is not working for you, here is a snapshot from google cache ***)According to the … [Read more...]

Humanist Hour interview with ‘foxhole atheist’ Justin Griffith

The American Humanist Association's monthly podcast, the Humanist Hour, interviewed me about Rock Beyond Belief, Spiritual Fitness, and the Soldier Fitness Tracker. Jes Constantine has been running the show for many years, and is now joined by Todd Stiefel, of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation as co-host. We had a great time, and the masterful editing by Jes greatly enhanced the flow. Music from our artists are intertwined effortlessly while somehow remaining contextually relevant to the … [Read more...]

US Military Defines Spirituality…?

You might have guessed that 99.9% of references are explicitly religious. Good guess! There seems to be a sudden rush to walk this back in the light of all the exposure the Army's mandatory Spiritual Fitness testing is getting. The mental gymnastics required to divorce their concept of Spiritual Fitness from Religion illustrate exactly why we should avoid using such loaded terms.They seem to want people to think that Spiritual Fitness or Spirituality:has nothing to do with … [Read more...]


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