Jason Torpy

Mr. Torpy serves as the President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF), a national non-profit building community for atheists and humanists in the military. Mr. Torpy also holds seats on the board of the Secular Coalition for America, the premier lobbying organization for secular issues, and the American Humanist Association, which fosters Humanist community and ethics.

After joining the military in 1994, Mr. Torpy has been active with the nontheist community. He has addressed issues of separation of church and state and equal opportunity for nontheistic service members in Army basic training, Army parachutist training, military academy programs, and in combat situations. Mr. Torpy’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from West Point and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He is a Humanist Celebrant recognized by the Humanist Society.

After earning top graduate honors from two intelligence training programs, Mr. Torpy was offered direct admission to the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation, Mr. Torpy was commissioned as an officer and served for five years in Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq with the Army’s 1st Armored Division. He left the service in 2005 at the rank of Captain to pursue an MBA. Mr. Torpy currently lives in Washington, DC.

Mr. Torpy speaks on a range of issues related to the atheist, humanist, and general nontheist community, especially as these issues relate to the military. Jason has spoken to large audiences at national conventions, awards banquets, outdoor events, and press conferences, as well as radio appearances on programs such as BBC World Today, Alan Colmes, RT Television, and NPR.

Mr Torpy requests a $500 fee for speaking engagements, workshops, and ceremonies (weddings, funerals, retirements, etc). Discounts may be extended for military events, events local to Washington, DC, highly-visible appearance, and other special circumstances. Please see the list of Appearances and Presentations below for qualifications.

Presentation Topics and Celebrant Services :: [contact]

  • The Pathway to Equal Rights for Atheists in Foxholes: Historical precedent and current events related to religious privilege in the military, the humanist community, and the role of the chaplaincy in fostering change.
  • Atheists in Foxholes: Past & Present: A virtual tour of religion in war, secular ethics within war, and patriotic sacrifice through the perspective of famous atheists in foxholes
  • The Humanist Perspective: Beliefs, Values, and Ethics for a Better Society: A humanist perspective on understanding the natural world through the lens of science and living a fulfilling life through humanistic values and personal meaning.
  • Facilitating Atheist & Humanist Rights in the Workplace: Perspectives on how management actions can create a climate conducive to or hostile to nontheists in the workplace (military or civilian)
  • Celebrant services, including weddings, funerals, baby welcoming, and other life stage ceremonies
  • Military ceremonies, including enlistements, commissioning, awards, retirements, and funerals with secular or humanistic approach (subject to availability but always free of charge)

Selected Appearances, Performances, and Presentations

  • Congressional Briefing on Humanist Chaplains, July 22, 2014
  • Officiate Private Wedding, Albuquerque, NM, Jun 21, 2014
  • Freedom From Religion Albuquerque, NM, Jun 19, 2014
  • Secular Coalition for America Lobby Day, Washington, DC, Jun 12-14, 2014
  • Officiate Private Wedding, Washington, DC, Jun 17, 2014
  • American Humanist Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 4-8, 2014
  • Northern Virginia Ethical Society with Jason Heap, Vienna, VA, May 11, 2014
  • New York Society for Ethical Culture with Jason Heap, New York, NY, May 10, 2014
  • Secular Humanists of the Low Country, Day of Reason, Charleston, SC, May 1, 2014
  • NAS Beaufort Chaplain Office, Beaufort, SC, Apr 30, 2014
  • MASH Ft Bragg table, Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville, NC, Apr 26, 2014
  • Officiate Private Wedding, Annapolis, MD, Apr 12, 2014
  • Seventh Day Adventist HQ visit, Silver Spring, MD, Mar 25, 2014
  • Air Force Basic Training visit, San Antonio, TX, Feb 16, 2014
  • National Secular Summit – Heads Meeting, Columbus, OH, Jan 25, 2014
  • COMISS national chaplain conference, Alexandria, VA, Jan 11-12, 2014
  • Association of Religious Endorsing Bodies national meeting, Alexandria, VA, Jan 8-9, 2014
  • Humanist Society of Santa Barbara, CA, Nov 16, 2103
  • Backyard Skeptics, Orange, CA, Nov 13, 2013
  • Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington, VA, Nov 9, 2013
  • Officiate Private Wedding, Washington, DC, Nov 2, 2013
  • Officiate Private Wedding, Washington, DC, Oct 13, 2013
  • Light The Night for Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Reston, VA, Oct 5th, 2013
  • Religion Newswriters Association Conference, austin, TX, “Breakfast with Atheists”, Sep 28th, 2013
  • Freethought Society annual conference, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 14, 2013
  • SHIFT at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Sep 7, 2013
  • RAF Lakenheath visit with chaplains, Aug 19th, 2013
  • British Humanist Association HQ, London, Aug 18th 2013
  • US Naval Academy Parents Weekend, Naval Academy Freethinkers & Atheists Sunday meeting, Aug 11th, 2013
  • US Army National Guard Sunday Humanist Study Hour, Martinsburg, WV, Aug 4th, 2013
  • USS Midway Memorial Service, San Diego, CA, Jun 2, 2013
  • FFRF Valley of the Sun and local organizations, Humanist Community Center in Mesa, AZ, 24 Apr, 2013
  • Yavapai College Secular Student Alliance and Prescott Freethinkers, AZ, Apr 22, 2013
  • MAAF Huachuca Humanists and Freethought Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Apr 21, 2013
  • Eglin AFB, Pensacola, FL local meeting Jan 30, 2013
  • Ft Rucker Atheists & Secular Humanists (FRASH) and Enterprise State Community College, Daleville, AL, Jan 29, 2013
  • Ft Benning, GA local meeting, Jan 27, 2013
  • West Point Secular Student Alliance, US Military Academy, Nov 30, 2012
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax humanist group, Sep 10, 2012
  • North Bay MASH at Travis AFB, CA, Aug 2, 2012
  • MASH at Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, Jul 31, 2012
  • Foxhole Atheist Tour and Wreath-Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery, July 1, 2012 for Independence Day.
  • American Humanist Association Convention, New Orleans, LA, Jun 5-10, 2012, as board member
  • Secular Student Alliance Conference, Columbus, OH, July 7, 2012, presenting on ROTC outreach opportunities for secular groups.
  • CENTEX-MAAF at Ft Hood, May 25, 2012, Memorial Day BBQ
  • Houston Atheists, May 27, 2012, Memorial Day meetup
  • UUs of Liesure World, Apr 24, 2012, presenting “Humanism in the Military”
  • Rock Beyond Belief, Mar 31, 2012 (appearance)
  • Reason Rally, Mar 24, 2012, Military Tribute
  • Americans United for Separation of Church & State – Orange County, Irvine, California, Feb 4, 2012
  • Americans United for Separation of Church & State – Greater Los Angeles, North Hollywood, CA, Feb 2, 2012
  • Northwood High School Secular Student Alliance, Irvine, CA, Feb 2, 2012
  • Americans United for Separation of Church & State – Greater Los Angeles, Ventura County, CA, Feb 1, 2012
  • Panel Discussion, Diversity Leadership Conference, West Point, NY, Oct 20, 2012
  • Atheists in the Military, Texas Freethought Convention, Houston, TX, Oct 8, 2012
  • Panel Discussion on Humanist Chaplains, Harvard Divinity Schoo, Oct 3, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, 9-11 Remembrance at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Sep 11, 2011
  • International Humanist & Ethical Union, Oslo, Norway, August 14, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Nonbelievers Memorial Day Parade float, Annville, PA visit, May 28, 2011
  • Secular Coalition for America leadership seminar, Washington, DC visit, May 19-21, 2011
  • West Point Secular Student Alliance, US Military Academy visit, May 3, 2011
  • Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle, Raleigh, NC (via Skype), http://www.ncethical.org, May 1, 2011
  • American Atheists National Convention, Des Moines, IA, Apr 23, 2011
  • American Humanist Association National Convention, Boston, MA, http://www.americanhumanist.org, Apr 8, 2011
  • WASH Northern Virginia, http://nvc.wash.org, Mar 13th, 2011
  • NoVA Ethical Society, http://noves.org, Mar 20th, 2011 (10AM)
  • UNC Chapel Hill Secular Student Alliance, NC, http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=155565056392, Mar 20th, 2011 (7pm)
  • Southern California Humanist Conference, Feb 5, 2011
  • Tampa (FL) Atheists, http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Atheists, Jan 18, 2011
  • University of South Florida Freethinkers, Jan 19, 2011
  • MacDill AFB Chapel with MacDill Atheists & Freethinkers, Jan 18, 2011
  • Coronado High School Freethinker’s Group, Nov 18, 2010
  • Freethinkers of Colorado Springs (freethinkerscs.com), Nov 17, 2010
  • US Air Force Academy Religious Respect Conference http://www.usafa.af.mil, Nov 14-15, 2010
  • West Point panel discussion http://www.usma.edu, Nov 12, 2010
  • Greater Boston Humanists http://masshumanists.org/, Apr 25, 2010
  • Secular Humanist Society of New York http://shsny.org, May 2, 2010
  • White House Executive Office Building, Washington, DC, Feb 26, 2010
  • Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, Feb 21, 2010
  • Greater Worcester Humanists, May 12, 2009
  • Ethical Society of Philadelphia, May 24, 2009
  • American Humanist Association Annual Convention, Phoenix, June 6, 2009
  • Secular Student Alliance Annual Convention, Columbus, August 7, 2009