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Outrage Over Oath: Religious Right Objects To New Conscience Rules At Air Force Academy

In a shift toward inclusivity, the Air Force Academy has announced that cadets will no longer be required to recite “So help me God” as part of the school’s Honor Oath. The decision followed a complaint by Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Read more

Court-Martialed For Being Christian?: Don’t Believe It

So, have you heard the one about how the military is preparing to court-martial anyone who dares to say “God bless you” if someone sneezes?

OK, I’m being facetious. The stories being told about the Armed Forces by the Religious Right aren’t that strange – yet. But they are getting there. Read more

Blocking Barton: AU, MRFF Protest ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate’s Appearance At Military Base

The brass at a Missouri military facility have invited disgraced Religious Right “historian” David Barton to speak at a National Day of Prayer event, and we’re demanding that he get promptly disinvited. Read more

Fundamentalist Forces?: New Report Highlights Ongoing Church-State Problems In America’s Military

When U.S. military leaders announced that openly gay men and women would be permitted to service in the armed forces, Religious Right leaders went ballistic.

They asserted that the move would destroy military cohesion and leave our fighting force less able to do the job. Of course, that didn’t actually happen. One year after the change, military leaders reported that the new policy was working out fine. Read more

Barton’s Bad Season: ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate Continues To Sink

You could say that this has been the winter of David Barton’s discontent.

Barton, a Texas-based pseudo-historian who for years has made a living telling gullible Religious Right audiences that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation and church-state separation is a myth, has run into quite a streak of trouble lately. Read more

Amazing Awardees: Americas United Salutes Two Bold Activists For Church-State Separation

At a luncheon today, Americans United will present awards to two people who have worked hard to preserve religious freedom for all.

Corwyn Schultz will receive AU’s Religious Liberty Award. As a high school senior last year, Corwyn had the courage to stand up to official, coercive forms of prayer at his graduation ceremony. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order striking down the prayers, but unfortunately a higher court overturned it. The case, which is sponsored by Americans United, is ongoing. Read more

Military Victories: Non-Theist Event Approved At Fort Bragg, Sectarian Training At Vandenberg Nuked

Here’s some good news out of North Carolina: Officials at Fort Bragg have agreed to allow non-religious soldiers to sponsor a festival next year called “Rock Beyond Belief.” Army officials will give the festival’s organizers an appropriate outdoor venue and make it possible for them to promote the event on base and off. Read more

Fort Bragg Bias: Military Fails To Keep Promise To Support Secularist Event

Back in September, Americans United urged Army officials to cancel an evangelistic event at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

AU said “Rock the Fort” targeted both service personnel and civilian families in the surrounding community for conversion to evangelical Christianity. Despite its clear religious nature, the rally and concert received the full backing of military brass, who helped advertise and fund the event to the tune of $54,500. Read more

Questionable Quiz: Why The Military’s ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Test Flunks

Let’s say you’re applying for a job. You would expect to be rated on your skills, work experience and abilities, education level and even your attitude.

What about your “spiritual fitness”?

Unless you’re applying to be the minister of a local church, it shouldn’t matter, right? What you believe (or don’t believe) about God would seem to have little bearing on your ability to work at a widget factory, do office work or sell cars. Read more

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