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Open Letter: Chaplain Support of Atheists

As endorsers and related agencies, you oversee and direct chaplains who interact with atheists and humanists daily. The primary purpose of this open letter is to invite chaplain endorsing agencies to agree in principle to the Minimum Statement of Support, a basic statement of equal access for nontheists:

“Nontheistic service members including atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and others identifying as nontheists serve honorably within our nation’s military. Chaplains should support nontheistic service members with the same enthusiasm, resources, and services that they provide for theistic service members. Leaders should not use their position to influence individuals or the chain of command to adopt the leader’s own personal religion. These are minimum standards of conduct to which all service members, especially chaplains and commanders, should adhere.”

We as atheists and humanists are reaching out to help military chaplains to better understand nontheists in uniform. Continue reading

Stiefel Freethought Foundation Matching Challenge

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Stiefel Freethought Foundation Matching Challenge

The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has expanded its support of freethinkers in the military by offering a $50,000 challenge to the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers. Donations from current military and veterans to MAAF will be matched dollar-for-dollar for a limited … Continue reading

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Atheist Chaplain Follow-up

The NY Times covered MAAF efforts to endorse humanist chaplains.  MAAF operates a chaplain outreach program with opportunities for candidates to opt into the program.  Media including Alan Colmes, Mike Smerconish, and Michael Medved on Fox News, Lockwood Phillips, Canada TV, … Continue reading

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Local military atheists groups make headlines

Local groups are starting on post as a result of local leaders agreeing to stand up and stand out.  There are 17 current organizations, 7 of which are working through the chaplains for greater assistance.  There have been delays, but … Continue reading

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Atheists in Foxholes News 10 May 2011

MAAF has selected 32 articles of interest in the areas of atheism & humanism in the media and military and church-state separation.  Humanist chaplains and local military atheist groups were most prominent in the news, and there are separate entries … Continue reading