NC Military Post Concert Geared Toward Atheists

By: AP
By: AP
For the first time in history, a U.S. military base will play host to an event aimed at service personnel and their families who don

AP

For the first time in history, a U.S. military base will play host to an event aimed at service personnel and their families who don't believe in God.

The Rock Beyond Belief concert, scheduled to happen Saturday at Fort Bragg, will bring together bands, speakers and events intended for families and young children.

The headline speaker for the event is Richard Dawkins, the British author and scientist who has become one of the world's most famous atheists.

Sgt. Justin Griffith, the lead organizer of the event, says members of the military who don't believe in God simply want their perspective recognized.

The concert was organized following an event at Bragg in 2010 sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


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  • by Lorelei on Apr 3, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    A Thoughtful Honest Ethical Intelligent Skeptical Thinker. Have a nice day.:)
  • by curious on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    Funny how if you "hear voices," you're considered crazy. If you say you hear God's voice and have a mission, you become a religious hero. So, who wrote the Bible? To whom did God relay all that "In the beginning..." stuff? I really want to know. Any Bible scholars out there?
  • by It's ok... on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:28 AM
    All people need to realize a few things. There is no proof of the existence of lack thereof in reference to a God or higher power. People either have it or they don't. You can't condemn people for their struggles with faith, it's common. But you don't need to throw your faith or lack of it in peoples faces. We each need to respect each others beliefs, even if they don't agree with our own.
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      by Atheist on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to It's ok...
      Absolutely correct. As I've said many times, if the christians will get out of my face with their beliefs, I'll shut up about mine. But I won't let theirs be the only voices that are heard, especially when they spew hatred and insults at us just because we don't agree with them.
  • by faith is good on Apr 1, 2012 at 08:34 PM
    Saying there is NO god, is just as bad as saying there IS a god and we MUST worship accordingly. Honestly? No one really really knows for certain. That's why it's called FAITH. I personally keep an open mind to God, and I'm pretty sure that God understands, especially if He created me.
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      by Atheist on Apr 1, 2012 at 09:10 PM in reply to faith is good
      Saying there is no god is simply stating an opinion. Saying that we MUST worship god is an attempt to force one's morality and religious beliefs upon the unwilling. That's much worse. The faithful are entitled to their faith, but they are NOT entitled to demean me because I don't share it.
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        by Agnostic on Apr 2, 2012 at 09:35 PM in reply to Atheist
        True. Saying there definitely IS a god is opinion as well, and a matter of personal faith. Using religion to dictate rules or laws, look down on others, act entitled, or demean others is personal cowardice.
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          by Atheist on Apr 3, 2012 at 07:28 AM in reply to Agnostic
          Well said. christians have their faith and I respect that, but christians also have a strong tendency to use it like a stick, to beat the rest of us like a disobedient dog. It's ironic, because I always thought christianity taught tolerance first and foremost. I guess I was wrong.
  • by DB Location: Security on Mar 31, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    Stupid - and ignorant to boot... how in the world does an "atheist" follow the devil... uhhh, they don't believe in the devil remember? Kind of goes together with the whole god deal.. Might want to read up on some basic definitions when you get a break from the inquisition...
  • by Greg Location: Castle Rock on Mar 31, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    Here's my thing... I'm not going to force my religion on you. If your a good citizen, I'll be your friend. I find it easier to connect with other Christians on certain topics but for you people to start delivering messages of hate against these Athiests is not Christian-like. God does not punish for ignorance. Note: I'm not calling Athiests ignorant people, I'm simply stating what Christians are supposed to believe. I love everyone.
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      by Agreed on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:34 AM in reply to Greg
      Exactly! I am a Christian but I disagree with Truth on many of the things he/she is saying. Read your bible-that is NOT how Jesus brought people to him. People like that give Christians a bad name. I have friends of many different religious backgrounds and have seen just as much hate from Christians as from atheists as from muslims as from...it could go on forever.
  • by ha! on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    Yeshua Jesus Christ of Nazareth huh? Lol. Freaks!
  • by God is dead Location: hell on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    Aesops fables or the Bible? Same difference...
  • by Bg on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:12 PM
    Wow, listen to all these hateful religious folks out there. Do some research almost every war and despicable deeds are done by Christians, Muslim, or other lunatic cult. There is no god. Atheist are the kindest people I know.
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      by Atheist on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM in reply to Bg
      What I don't understand is why do nutjobs like "Truth" feel that they have to scream their faith at the tops of their lungs? Practice your religion in private, or at your church, but don't yell it with a bull-horn from the street corner. Keep it to yourself, and we atheists would do the same.
  • by Jeff on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:51 PM
    Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
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      by YES on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM in reply to Jeff
      Great post! In just a few sentences, you have proven that god does not exist. Well done!
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      by Jay on Apr 2, 2012 at 08:31 AM in reply to Jeff
      Actually, he's omnipotent and he gives us free will. Which means that people who choose evil, will perpetuate evil. And that goes for people claiming to be Christian but spewing hate just as much as those hating those who choose to believe and walk in faith. People need to stop blaming everyone else for their own actions and take responsibility for being a good person regardless of their religious affiliation or lack thereof.
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