An Atheist’s Speech for Christians (Todd Stiefel at Fort Bragg)

Todd Stiefel is an influential philanthropist who funds an astounding number of innovative atheist upstart projects. He also has decades of business experience, giving him that rare quality-control that our movement needs. We're forever in debt to him for giving us a chance at the first Rock Beyond Belief.Todd is also an excellent public speaker, and was right at home on our stage. He took the opportunity to direct his speech towards Christians.An atheist's speech for … [Read more...]

Anti-gay marriage legislation directly affects straight couples

On September 20, 2011 Don't Ask, Don't Tell was officially repealed. This was a huge victory for all the soldiers, organizations, politicians, and citizens that put their time and effort into combating DADT.Obviously, the LGBT rights issue is far from settled in the military. But here at Fort Bragg, N.C. we've got a special kind of hate and coming from the state legislature. And you can help!The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has a new campaign – combating North Carolina’s disgusting … [Read more...]

Christians should eat free food with Fort Bragg atheists on Saturday

Todd Stiefel takes an unconventional approach to philanthropy. He put up the $50,000 at American Atheists that made our festival possible via his Stiefel Freethought Foundation.That represents 100% of the funding.Last week, we were discussing ways to soften the blow that many Christians feel we are inflicting. We're not attacking them at all, but it's been portrayed as such by many prominent religious leaders (including Chaplains). Todd mentioned that his wife was a Christian, and that he's … [Read more...]

Military gets nervous when I use Words Such As Burn

After lyrics to Aiden's song Hysteria were intentionally taken out of context to imply that we were going to burn down churches... well Fort Bragg got a little nervous. But I'm proud of them, they really came through the 'crisis' in a big way.We are now specifically guaranteed the right "to be critical of organized religion and it's adherents." In writing, no less. But we are still puzzled by the people who really believe we intend to burn churches! (Including chaplains!)How am I … [Read more...]

God Hates Bleeps

Minnesota Atheists radio show had me on the air last week, and I reached a milestone. I've officially been BLEEPED on the air! @#$% YES! Why? Because I said the phrase "God Hates Fags" - a phrase that is shocking, but nonsensical to me. I was relating to the Minnesota Atheists audience the new developments in our saga. I mentioned that Nate Phelps had joined the lineup and briefly explained his back story. That's quite impossible to do without using the phrase "God hates fags", a phrase coined … [Read more...]

We Just Received a $50,000 Donation From the Stiefel Freethought Foundation

AMAZING!The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has just increased their pledge to Rock Beyond Belief to $50,000. This is enough money to allow the nonreligious military community to fully fund the event on the parade field at Fort Bragg this Fall. All we need now is co-sponsorship from Fort Bragg (which they promised and even sort of delivered before).This removes one of the last possible pseudo-arguments held over our heads. They denied us any funding at all on our first attempt, saying that we … [Read more...]

National Day Of Reason Event on NC State Capitol Grounds

Triangle Freethought Society Hosts National Day of Reason On North Carolina's Capitol Grounds Raleigh, NC - Capitol Grounds Thursday, May 5th 11:45am - 1:15pmThe Triangle Freethought Society will be hosting events for the National Day of Reason on the State Capitol grounds In Raleigh, NC on Thursday, May 5th, from 11:45am until 1:15pm. The lunchtime program is in response to the government endorsed National Day of Prayer, and will include nationally recognized speakers:Roy Speckhardt is … [Read more...]

Todd Stiefel and Words Such As Burn join the lineup

Todd Stiefel has been a cornerstone in the Rock Beyond Belief movement from the very beginning. Over 5 months ago Todd's organization, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, pledged $10,000 to make our event a reality. Todd has shared the stage with Richard Dawkins, and has spoken across the globe on behalf of the growing secular movement. We are proud to have him speak at our event.Todd Stiefel lives in Raleigh, NC. He is a secular humanist, an atheist and full-time freethought activist. Todd … [Read more...]


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