Skip to comments.Army approves atheism-themed concert at Fort Bragg
Posted on 08/08/2011 10:37:54 AM PDT by markomalley
A concert event organized by atheist, agnostic and other non-theist soldiers has been cleared by the Army to take place next spring at Fort Bragg, concert organizers and a spokesman for the post said Monday.
Organizers planned to hold the Rock Beyond Belief event this year, but they canceled after saying Bragg leadership was not providing the same support it gave to an evangelical Christian concert last fall.
Supporters hailed the Army's decision.
"You know those goosebumps you get when your favorite song hits that sweet spot? I got those," said Sgt. Justin Griffith, main organizer of the event and the military director of American Atheists, in an email. "I was overcome with joy and a sense of vindication."
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. Famed atheist Richard Dawkins is scheduled to appear, along with musicians, speakers and other entertainment.
"This just might be the turning point in our struggle for acceptance," Griffith said. "I mean it. I get letters daily from service members asking for advice on how to `do something like what's going on at Fort Bragg'."
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, he said.
"Our logistical support will be the same as what we did for Rock the Fort," he said, meaning Bragg will provide the venue, security and basic utilities. "That's what we provide for any private organization."
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Whats the saying? “There are no atheists in a foxhole?”
BS. They cancelled when they realized that you can't have a 'concert' with like 10 people.
I wonder where his “sweet spot” is?
Just another page in the book about how the world has lost its mind.
Next thing they will be traqining our precious sons and brothrs to turn against the American pe9ople. Obama is building his army, folks.
please forgive the typos.
As a guy who, in younger days, jumped out of planes at the Army’s command (as I assume many do at Bragg today), I gotta say...
...I can’t picture my soul being comforted, especially in those seconds before chute deployment, by the uplifting joys of the Rock Beyond Belief concert the night before.
Atheism is a religion, just like any other....
“Atheism is a religion, just like any other....”
If atheism is a religion, then not-collecting-stamps is a hobby.
What in the world is an “atheism-themed concert”????
They get up and sing songs about “no God”?
“You know those goosebumps you get when your favorite song hits that sweet spot? I got those,” said Sgt. Justin Griffith, main organizer of the event and the military director of American Atheists, in an email. “I was overcome with joy and a sense of vindication.”
What do you have to be joyful about, you imbecile? By your own definition, your life has no eternal purpose and no meaning.
What’s the difference between this and any other concert? They’ll be running around yelling, “There’s no God! Let’s drink!”?
I wish believers and non-believers in the military would both focus on things other than rock festivals.