(AP) Army OKs atheism-themed concert at Bragg

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.

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10 comments on “(AP) Army OKs atheism-themed concert at Bragg

  1. Br. Michael says:

    So what does the atheist offer the dying soldier on the battlefield?

    “Don’t worry. If you die you cease to exist and your body rots. And there was no purpose to your live anyway.”

  2. evan miller says:

    Shame on the U.S.Army and the craven, politically correct, leadership that made this decision.

  3. Cennydd13 says:

    DITTO! The gutless wimps now commanding the Army at this post who caved in to the atheists have disrespected every Christian and Jewish serviceman and woman who has ever served his or her country!

  4. billqs says:

    I know this will be unpopular, but to me it looks like a straight-up Freedom of Speech and Religion issue, and I’m glad they are letting them do it. We Christians need to support everybody’s constitutional rights because pretty soon, we’re going to need that protection ourselves (for example have you looked at some of the prosecutions leveled for “hate speech” in Canada?)

  5. Br. Michael says:

    Not unpopular, but, by and large, the military is secular all ready. This is just a subterfuge to drive all religion out of the armed forces.

  6. Cennydd13 says:

    Do you doubt this? Then just remember the restrictions imposed upon chaplains’ uttering the name of Jesus.

  7. NoVA Scout says:

    I can’t imagine what the justification would be for disallowing this. Moreover, I would think that by permitting this, it makes it more justifiable for the brass to allow religious-themed concerts.

  8. GB46 says:

    For some strange reason, that didn’t bother our Jewish Chaplain at all. No idea why.
    The Chaplains’ motto is “Pro Deo et Patria” – For God and Country. Military Chaplains are responsible for serving the religious and moral needs of EVERYONE in the unit, regardless of denomination or religion (or lack there of) and there is a clear separation between specific religious services and non-denominational prayers at Change of Command ceremonies, commissioning ceremonies, and the like. Most Chaplains (probably 95%+) have no problem with the separation.
    As far as the Ft Bragg concert goes, saw that one coming back in April… Be interesting to see what the turnout will be, and whether or not any Christian groups wind up getting their hands smacked over “inappropriate behavior” at the concert. Military bases are much more restrictive than the civilian world…

  9. Frank Fuller says:

    Wouldn’t the most appropriate contribution to an atheist concert be …um… silence?

  10. Milton says:

    Let the fools bray their foolishness for all to hear.
    “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’.