Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers

Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers

Fighting for the Freedoms We Defend

The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers an independent 501(c)3 project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs. MAAF is a community support network that connects military members from around the world with each other and with local organizations. In addition to our community services, we take action to educate and train both the military and civilian community about atheism in the military and the issues that face us. Where necessary, MAAF identifies, examines, and responds to insensitive practices that illegally promote religion over non-religion within the military or unethically discriminate against minority religions or differing beliefs. MAAF supports Constitutional State-Church Separation and 1st Amendment rights for all service members. We also coordinate with other national organizations who hold the same values.

There are uphill battles to protect our freedoms and many members throughout the world that need support. We benefit greatly from the support of supporters around the world who offer their time, effort, and experience. Regional representatives are selected after dedicated support of MAAF over time, generally beginning with many available volunteer opportunities. MAAF requires that representatives associated with the military act only within the boundaries of applicable regulations.

  • Dr Jennie Kiesling, Professor of History, US Military Academy at West Point
  • Dr Carlos Bertha, Army Reserve Lt Colonel, Associate Professor of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy
  • Kenton Brown, Air Force Reserve Major, Tempe, Delegate to Secular Coalition for Arizona
  • Oak DeBerg, Retired Colonel, San Antonio, Delegate to Secular Coalition for Texas (proposed)
  • John Kieffer, Retired Army Major, Delegate to Tampa Coalition of Reason
  • Dustin Chalker, Army Specialist, prior plaintiff in Army religious discrimination case

Join MAAFMAAF is open to all personnel regardless of affiliation. Free membership is extended to personnel on active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, retirees, and veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Cadets and recruits qualify upon induction into service and successful completion of 90 days in service. Service members who have left the service prior to retirement must have received an Honorable or General Discharge, but exceptions can be made by the council on a case-by-case basis. While the issues and discussions on MAAF tend to center around issues particular to the American Constitution and United States policies, we welcome atheists and freethinking service members from any of the world/’s armed forces. The military family is also welcome. We understand that the military lifestyle affects more than just service members. Spouses of service members who qualify for membership and their minor dependents are eligible for free membership. Again, those who do not qualify for free membership are welcome and asked to donate to the organization to support membership materials, marketing, web maintenance, and other support and administrative costs. We especially encourage those DoD Civilians that work so closely with us to join.

2 Responses to Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers

  1. I am an Atheist. Why can’t you just leave things (Camp Pendleton) alone instead of giving all Atheist a bad name. You’re just like the Christian right-wingers.

    • Would you ask gays to leave things alone, although their rights are frequently violated? People who will not fight for their rights often find they have none. Atheists already have a bad name, undeserved. By fighting for our rights to meet freely in uniform and enjoy the same opportunities for fellowship and affirmation, by coming out of the closet and showing that we too can stand tall in service to our country and defense of our Constitution, we will wipe-out lies and misconceptions about who we are. Fighting for Separation of Church and State is everyone’s responsibility, and shame on you for not understanding that.

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