Black Hat Month

I lied, work is insane at the moment and will be until June. With great regrets, blog posts will be almost non existent until then. There goes real life interfering with my online existence. Even with weekends, I can’t really stay abreast of current events to the point of writing something that is better that “Hey, check out this link!”. Stupid pontificating and the time it takes to do it :(

So as a cop-out till I get back, “Hey check out this link!”

“God” Loved/Hated Rock Beyond Belief

The first Atheist event in a military context ever.

Rain poured from the sky as I ran from a Wallmart to my rental car, my new raincoat in hand in preparation for Rock Beyond Belief.  When I arrived on post, Justin Griffith, Richard Dawkins, and a full bird colonel were engaged in a press conference while volunteers prepared the stage and did all that was humanly possible to keep the electronics from being soaked from the rain.

When the internet heard about the rain, I sadly was not IN B4 GOD HATES ATHEISTS. But, the rain didn’t last, although it did (presumably) impact attendance. RBB ended up kicking off about an hour and a half late yet as soon as the event started, the sky cleared and blissful sunshine rained down upon us.

IN B4 god loves atheists. [Read more...]

The Conversation I Never Thought I Would Have at Rock Beyond Belief

The Conversation I Never Thought I Would Have at Rock Beyond Belief

A friend reveals his thoughts on God.

Yesterday I had an absolute blast at Rock Beyond Belief, I got to hang out with my fellow bloggers Ed and Justin, rocked out to Aiden, and got one of my unit t-shirts signed by many of the performers and speakers at event. It was a beautiful day and a welcome change of scenery from the normal deserts that define my life.

The after-party was also a fun and positive experience; at least it started out that way.

So, no shit, there I was. It was 2 am and the party was still going strong. The weakest of the pack had been culled; an inebriated Ed Brayton was transported to his room via one of those wheeled baggage cart things. I really didn’t know a man could projectile vomit such a large amount of fluid and I think he might still be hung over well into May. But the largest shock of the party was still to come. [Read more...]

My Leave Hath Been Approved For RBB

Game on

Today I got my leave approved for heading to Ft. Bragg for the wondrous, free, and open to public event that is Rock Beyond Belief. Ed, you owe me beers (for no particular reason) and Justin owes me absolutely nothing (never take from Soldiers). But if one of you can get Richard Dawkins (and anyone else who can put marker to cloth) to sign one of my Squadron T-Shirts, my fellow godless officers who can’t attend are planning on getting it framed and hung in our Operations office. [Read more...]

Back

Howdy everybody,

I am back at home station and catching up on mountains of work, email, news, and episodes of Archer. I should be posting new hotness around Friday after I get back up to speed at the day job.

A Foxhole Atheist Story

Thanks to the Soldier who allowed me to reprint his story, originally posted in the February issue of ISO Lehti.

Resilient Reflections: On Atheism, Service and Cooperation across faiths.

By A. Stringer.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not those of the United States Army, the United States of America or any outside organizations mentioned or discussed.

A week ago I was sitting on a bus in Yongsan Garrison, when someone in a seat nearby started talking about the Religious Retreat Center, the only one of its kind in the Army. He was telling his friend about the change to a ‘Resiliency Retreat Center’, as a part of the Army’s move towards ‘Comprehensive Soldier Fitness’.

Sometimes you get the see the fruits of your labors.

Though it’s hard to pinpoint just when it began, it’s become apparent that over the last few years the case for secularism has made itself more and more distinct in the Army. Though it doesn’t by any means signal an end to religion in the force (more on why religion is not bad, later) it begins to break away some of the stigmatism that is associated with atheism and the military, and atheism in general.

Despite the cultural and societal advances of the 20th and 21st centuries, atheism is still regarded as a small and untrusted minority. Religious and political figures use the ‘secularists’ as snarl words in their campaigns, recent polls show us to be as untrustworthy as rapists in the eyes of most Americans,  and atheist advertising, from billboards to nativity scenes, continues to be the target of unpunished vandalism. The often vocal majority continues to peg atheism, and atheists, as devoid of any moral compass or usefulness in society. [Read more...]