I am retired Navy. In my Navy career, I found the vast majority of service members to be non-religious or atheists. Yet the military does not acknowledge this fact. So when I found out there was a group who valued me and was willing to fight for the rights of the majority, I quickly became a paying member. I strongly recommend anyone who is a veteran to join MAAF to protect our religious freedom. This is a great organization. http://militaryatheists.org/
MAAF sent me monthly care packages while I was deployed. We got care packages from churches too, but it was great to get something from an organization that aligned with my interests and beliefs; I really felt supported. Thanks!
Cheerful and highly supportive central leadership, provides useful advice & materials and facilitates contact with other groups to ensure even the isolated feel part of a wider community of action.
MAAF stands up for those in the military who are often overlooked, or even worse, denigrated for their lack of religious belief. Local MAAF chapters; MASH (Military Atheists & Secular Humanist) units, provide a welcoming respite from the overly religious environments many service members find themselves in. Like-minded people coming together for meals, debates, community projects and the peace of mind you get from not having to watch every word you say. MAAF National is actively involved with local groups, they even came to the Fayetteville NC Dogwood Festival to support our local group, MASH Ft. Bragg. Jason & Rose are great!!
If you are a non-theist in the military or a veteran, joining MAAF is a great way to amplify your voice!
The leadership is very active and helpful. They are trying very hard to get the word out that atheists in the military have a community to reach out to.
Was president of the first MAAF?MASH group at Fort Bragg in 2011/12. MAAF president deliberately presents false information to the public through the media and other non-profit organizations in order to justify organizations agenda. Does not work with satellite groups at actual military facilities but attempts to align him-self with work being done at a grass roots level and take credit for it. Very unprofessional and unorganized group.
Rosalind E. 12/16/2014
We appreciate you taking the time to leave this review. MAAF would like to take a moment to comment on the items you have posted. 1. MAAF, MAAF President Jason Torpy, and the Executive Board fact check before presenting any information to the media and general public to ensure that the best and correct information is distributed. This is done to ensure that all our servicemembers are receiving equal rights and the same opportunities. 2. MAAF works closely with local Affiliate groups at varying levels. The organization hired an Outreach Coordinator in 2014 to ensure that each local group has the support and resources they need to achieve their goals and support nontheist servicemembers locally. MAAF promotes each group and the successes they have, not to take credit, but to encourage others to get involved locally, to be supported, and help develop the local communities in and around military installations. 3. MAAF employees and the Executive Board do their best to promote the nontheist community, ensure the rights of all servicemembers, and exhibit the very best qualities expected of military service. Each day that the organization is in operation is a day of improvement over the ones that came before. MAAF is in a period of growth, and we are developing even better practices and outreach activities. We hope you will continue to observe MAAF activities and perhaps participate again. The group at Fort Bragg is very active in their community, and organize monthly gatherings for themselves to come together as a community in order to meet their own needs, and those of their community. Warm Regards, Rosalind Eaton Outreach & Operations Coordinator
I joined MAAF because atheists and those who don't need a religion, don't have anyone on their side in the military. The small number of religious have a large organization supporting them but that doesn't help the majority of the military who are not religious. MAAF is a counter-weight to the strong bias in favor of the religious minority in the military.
MAAF is a great organization and I encourage everyone to join.
Jacksonville, FL, USN (Ret)
They provide moral support for our service people who believe in humanity over religious dogma. They stand up for true equality in the military, not just for those who are Christians. They provide for a support network for those not supported otherwise. Being in the military is a very taxing life. Being an atheist/freethinker in a predominantly Christian population is a burden at times. MAAF helps the same way any community helps one feel a part of things important and lets them know they are not alone.
MAAF is an outstanding organization that makes good on a service member's declaration to support and defend the Constitution. Service members give up a lot when they join, but their own First Amendment rights shouldn't be one of them. MAAF's advocacy, education, and outreach work towards ensuring that service members stationed all over the world have a support network and know that someone is working back home for them.
MAAF provides me with confidence and camaraderie. I was so happy to find them in a time when I was feeling so choked by religion and the religious in my southern town. As an atheist military spouse to a Christian service member, I find chastisement at every turn; this organization gives me hope that one day, secularists will be met with acceptance and respect.