Oct 05 2011

Let’s Make the White House Respond to an Atheist Soldier

On October 1, one of the Military Relligious Freedom Foundation’s clients, a sergeant in the Army, started a petition on WhiteHouse.gov to “End the Military’s Discrimination against Non-Religious Service Members.”

According to WhiteHouse.gov, 5,000 signatures within 30 days is supposed to get you a response from the White House. So, go sign the petition and then share this everywhere you know of where atheists and other assorted heathens are lurking! We only need to get a little over 4,000 more signatures on this thing by October 31. This is totally doable!

Yeah, you have to create an account and wait for a verification email if it’s your first time signing a petition there, but if you can’t at least spend a few minutes to do this to support a foxhole atheist and all the other non-religious service members that he’s petitioning the White House on behalf of, then shame on you.

Let’s help this soldier get a response from the White House!

Click here to go sign the petition.


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  1. 1

    Not sure that I should sign, being Canadian; though I am behind it all the way.

  2. 2
    Chris Rodda

    Yeah, it does say you have to be an American citizen when you register to be able to sign petitions there.

  3. 3
    Nancy New, Queen of your Regulatory Nightmare

    Done. I was number 933, I think.

  4. 4

    Signed. 940 total so far.

  5. 5


  6. 6

    As soon as they let me register, I’ll be signing.

  7. 7

    Same as Ellie! Also going to cross post about this all over the place. http://larianlequella.blogspot.com/2011/10/sign-this-petition.html

  8. 8

    Signed and cross posted. I was #1089

  9. 9

    I just signed and was 1104.

  10. 10

    Looks like the changed the 5,000 signatures to 25,000.

  11. 11
    Chris Rodda

    Shit … they did! It was 5,000 when this petition was started on October 1! They must have just changed it! I’d start a petition to get them to change it back to petitions only needing 5,000 signatures, but then we’d have to get 25,000 freakin’ signatures on that one to get them to respond!

  12. 12

    I am in. No. 3874. Also posted a link on my FB page.

  13. 13

    It’s based on the number when the petition was filed, so it’s all good, but still only 1161 sigs right now..

    Yes, the threshold will change. This is the first time the White House has attempted a project like this. As more people use this tool to tell the White House about the issues that matter to them, we may find that we need to adjust the signature thresholds for petitions to appear publicly on the site or for petitions to receive a response from the White House. New signature thresholds will only be applied to petitions created after the changes are made.

  14. 14
    Chris Rodda

    Thanks, zxcier … glad you read the “fine print.”

    Now everybody get people signing this thing! I mean, c’mon, the hemp people already have like 15,000 signatures on their petition. If they can motivate that many potheads to go sign a petition, we can certainly get to 5,000!

  15. 15

    Phooey, it won’t let me register. I keep getting a “The answer you entered for the CAPTCHA was not correct.” and, of course, there’s no CAPTCHA.

  16. 16

    Okay, my link went to https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#%21/petition/end-military%E2%80%99s-discrimination-against-non-religious-service-members/jcfr6fWt which still shows 5000 required with 1196 gathered. Are there several versions out there?

  17. 17
    Chris Rodda

    Nope, larianlequella, you’ve got the right one. It’s still 5,000 because it was started before they raised it to 25,000.

  18. 18

    What Ellie @6 says.

  19. 19

    Finally was able to register and sign and I’ve passed this along.

  20. 20
    RW Ahrens


  21. 21

    Several people to whom I passed this information have had a very hard time getting through the process. One didn’t make it at all. Makes me wonder.

  22. 22

    Signed and shared on face book.

  23. 23

    I’m afraid we aren’t going to make the 5k deadline.

    63ish today, it seems that the amount of signers are decreasing. If you do the math, 22 days remaining at 63 a day is only 1.3k give or take. Given we are currently at 1.6k, that isn’t even close to 5k.

    If you have groups that meet, bring this up. If you have friends that give a crap about separation of church and state, tell them. Something has to change or this petition will fall short.

  24. 24

    Ok I tried creating an account so I could sign however I’m not receiving the verification email they send you, so yeah that’s where I’m at.

  25. 25

    never mind it just took forever, signing now.

  26. 26

    I’m signature #2,313. I think it’s entirely possible that this petition could reach 5,000. I think there’s been over 200 signatures today.

    I also think the new threshold of 25,000 signatures for new petitions is somewhat reasonable. I checked every petition and signed each of them that I agreed with, and noticed that there are several duplicates for a number of issues, including gay rights, decriminalization of drugs, and repealing unconstitutional or needlessly invasive laws coughpatriotactcough. Requiring more signatures may reduce the number of duplicated petitions and increase the chances of an issue being brought forth. Maybe. I hope. This particular petition would never reach 25,000 without a lot more publicity, though. Hum…

  27. 27

    Good grief, what a pain in the ass website. I’m on a fast connection and it takes forever to get pages to load, the pages don’t load right, you’re signed in but not signed in to sign the petition–it’s clunky and ugly and stupid.

    I think those DLC scumbags at the white house intentionally made it as UN-user-friendly as possible.

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