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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

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National Chaplains Organization Reflects on Atheists

In the recent newsletter of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Services (NCMAF) focused on diversity within the chaplaincy, and the conflict of diversity and religious freedom.  The primary focus was on the religious objections some have to homosexual … 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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Air Force reviews academy religious climate

  Retired General Patrick Gamble, working through the Council of Logistics Research on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, is conducting a review of the religious climate at the US Air Force Academy.  Recently, the Academy completed and … Continue reading

Military atheist visits chaplains

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Military atheist visits chaplains

(by MAAF President Jason Torpy) From March 16th to 22nd, I traveled to Virginia and North and South Carolina to put out the MAAF message and improve the support of atheists, humanists, and other nontheists in the military.  The intention … Continue reading