When you say “Veteran’s Day”…

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I feel conflictedEvery Veteran's Day weekend there are guilt-stricken Americans "supporting the troops" the only way they know how: defending our service members and their honorable mythic, stoic heroes of might and justice, who undergo herculean tasks under fire in the defense of liberty, truth, etc. from the verbal assaults of anyone who would suggest they are anything other than such.They doth protest too much, methinks. Once upon a time, we were a nation unified. We bore the burden … [Read more...]

Navy veteran sacrificed his life to save another in Aurora

The Associated Press just put out a blast profiling many of the victims of Friday's massacre in Aurora, CO. One of the first things I noticed in the initial reporting was that two Air Force personnel were accounted for, but one Navy service member was still missing.I kept hoping for this to be clarified as a misunderstanding. As the commotion died down, such a statement did not come. Reports started trickling in of Navy veteran Jonathan Blunk's death by Saturday.From the AP:AURORA, … [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 charges … [Read more...]

Anti-gay nurse Lincy T. Pandithurai terminated from Dallas V/A Hospital

The incredibly shocking story of Marine Corps veteran Esther Garatie went viral here a few months ago. She left a Dallas VA Hospital absolutely determined to kill herself, after a 3 hour rant from nurse Lincy Pandithurai about her 'lifestyle of sin'. This monster will no longer be able to terrorize gay and lesbian veterans.Only days ago, I was in Dallas speaking to a large gathering of atheists (Fellowship of Freethought). I couldn't resist dedicating the last bit of my time to spreading … [Read more...]

Coming out as an atheist at Marine Corps League veteran’s group

The following is sent in by David Z. – A former Marine Corps NCO. He's sent me some pretty amazing stories that I've shared here, including being briefly arrested for not attending an inter-faith event during his training, and his run-in with future-WWE wrestler, Randy Orton - who beats people up for Jesus.In case you didn't know, I am the Marine who sent you my story about Randy Orton. I told you about "outing" myself to my Marine Corps League and that I got a "no atheists in foxholes" type re … [Read more...]

College professor assaulted by Army veteran who was ‘sent by god’

Or not.There is a really dumb viral email / Facebook post making its rounds (again) about a presumably atheist professor and a military veteran. It's one of those sappy stories that grandma might flood your email box with. Many veterans and active duty service members in the MASH Facebook group commented on the resurgence of the story.This time there are a few variations, but the story goes like this: ...a college Professor stood on his chair and said, "If your imaginary friend really … [Read more...]


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