U.S. Army to Host Atheist Concert

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Tom Breen of the AP reports August 8, 2011, that the U.S. Army just approved an atheist concert to take palce next spring at Fort Bragg. Famed atheist Richard Dawkins is scheduled to appear, along with musicians, speakers and other entertainment.
Fort Bragg, one of the military’s largest bases. is home to the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Forces. It has about 58,000 uniformed military personnel and roughly 13,000 civilian workers.

Supporters of the concert event organized by atheist, agnostic and other non-theist soldiers hailed the Army’s decision.
Sgt. Justin Griffith, main organizer of the event and the military director of American Atheists, said, “You know those goosebumps you get when your favorite song hits that sweet spot? I got those. I was overcome with joy and a sense of vindication.”
Final approval for the event came last week, Bragg spokesman Ben Abel said. The festival will get the same treatment from Bragg that other groups receive, “Our logistical support will be the same as what we did for Rock the Fort,” meaning Bragg will provide the venue, security and basic utilities. “That’s what we provide for any private organization.”
The plan is to hold the event on March 31 at the main parade field at Fort Bragg, where the Christian-themed Rock the Fort concert was held last fall. Groups like Americans United for the Separation of Church and State opposed the event, saying it was an unconstitutional use of military resources aimed at winning converts to Christianity. Military leaders at the time said any private event, regardless of religious orientation, would receive the same level of support.

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0 responses to “U.S. Army to Host Atheist Concert

  1. Have we as a nation become so stupid that we stoop to this type of activity? What is it supposed to prove? I have been an atheist for seventy years and have never pushed my disbelief off on any other human belief, including our children and grandchildren. Just because I don’t believe in organized religion does not mean that others “have” to believe or not believe because of my views. I formed my opinions without anyone’s help and don’t need anyone’s advice or condemnation.

  2. Sad….will be interesting to see the comments they get when they post this on FB.

  3. In God we used trust… The 1st of April is the Atheists feast day…The fool says in his heart…you know the rest.

  4. Jeez, I can’t wait for the Muslim Outreach Festival…

  5. is the so called Sgt.going to be the only one there? this connects well with the page-that sage just put out earlier.

  6. Remember the old saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes”? I doubt many service people who’ve survived enemy fire will be in the audience.


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