"Have to photograph the nativity on in one of the front windows of the Bradley Vehicle Maintenance Instruction Facility at Harmony Churchon Fort Benning today. I was in disbelief that those instructors didn't know better. Santa is dumb enough…"
"I haven't found any specific atheist literature BUT I did find a young children's book on evolution at the Ft Benning PX. To be honest, the book section is not a frequent stop for me at the PX becaues you also find an extreme conservative…"
"I was at Fort Stewart for 9 years and just left in April. There are a whole lot of non believers in the area, if you actually decide to socialize outsides of Hinesville or Jesup. There are several meetups in the area as well. Check out the ones in…"
"to clarify something. Although they are commisioned officers, Chaplains don't actually have command authority over anyone, even other chaplains except for MG Carver's aides and staff. More to the point, UCMJ authority is command authority.…"
"Fort Jackson is ideal if you can address the senior leaders of the BCT units and everybody at the Chaplains' School. I just finished the AIT PSG course there and it wouldn't hurt to include their cadre, not because they have issues,…"
"I'm telling you that Army G-6 and the Blue Coat filter is very erratic. I have been blocked from .mil and .gov sites and then it's hit and miss with the .org sites. It's another dysfunctional, nonsensical piece of military crap."
I remember reading a bit of Thomas Frank's book 'What's The Matter With Kansas?' when it came out. Have you encountered any hostility about your lack of religion while in the military? There is a group here on Nexus for atheists in the military. Also, Mikey Weinstein's Military Religious Freedom Foundation is a good resource. Mr. Weinstein is a former Air Force officer who started the organization when his son was harassed by christians at the Air Force Academy.
I have heard thousands of stories from people who stayed here for Katrina. That has been my job, more or less, for the last five years. My friend Steve Schlicht, who started the Great Southern Humanist Society, is a peace officer in Biloxi. His story of his family's Katrina experience, and his experience of the aftermath as a first responder, was published in the American Humanist magazine. He also wrote an excellent rebuttal to an editorial in the Biloxi Sun Herald that came out shortly after the storm, one of those 'there are no atheists in foxholes' homilies. The writer, SH publisher Stan Tiner, printed a retraction. The Katrina Research Institute, located on the third floor of the Library at USM Gulf Coast in Long Beach, has an oral history project where Kimberly Michele could go and document her Katrina experiences for posterity. Steve and I both did it.
We are all born atheists. I was forcibly converted to catholicism because that was what my dad was, sort of, anyway, I went to a catholic elementary school and my dad dropped us kids off at church every Sunday on his way to the golf course with an envelope for the collection plate. He learned very quickly not to put cash in the envelope. I was an atheist by age twelve.
The Bankhouse Coffee shop on Jeff Davis. Nice place. They roast their own coffee right in the store. Long Beach downtown is starting to look nice. They are building a big park on Jeff Davis just off the beach. the new City Hall is almost done. Unfortunately, they found oil on the beach Wednesday morning. The harbor is closed. A cloud of sadness and uncertainty hangs over the whole MS Gulf Coast.
I am in a coffee shop in Long Beach right now, having just left a meeting on how our local non-profits groups are going to respond to the oil spill. No oil on the beach here yet, but it is only a few miles east of here in Biloxi. Stay safe.
I'm an old guy, was in the Army in the 70s. It was much less religious then.
You might be interested in a couple of groups on Nexus, such as the one for Military Atheists,Atheists in SE Georgia, Parenting, and others. You can go to the groups tab and search on topics or areas of interest.