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/
Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers has sent me two care packages since I have left on deployment. They were filled with all kinds of goodies from cliff bars to wet wipes and q-tips. It is very appreciated what they do. Although I cannot wear the fox hole Atheist pin they sent me I put in in my rack and it puts a smile on my face every night before i got to bed. This is a great association for us atheist serving. Thanks MAAF for all you do.
I'm currently on deployment in the USS Bush carrier strike group aboard the USS Roosevelt. I just received my care package. I just wanted to say thank you and I am glad there is an organization supporting atheist military members. To anyone reading this that is a closeted non-believer: You are not alone!
This organization is the only voice for those that serve this country with secular values. There are many of us. Without this group the chatter from religious groups would be the only voice heard. Great Group that I fully support. SSgt USMC
MAAF is something I could have used during trying times when I served in the United States Air Force. Back then, the old "go to" was the Base Chaplains Office, and they were totally unsuited to serve the needs for the many "atheists in foxholes". My son is serving his third deployment, and I am very glad MAAF is there for him if ever he needs emotional support from like-minded people. I have made sure to let him know about this marvelous humanist support group.
Michael W. Ash, MSgt, USAF (Retired)
These military men and women are putting their lives on the line for their country while being denied the most basic of rights, freedom of religion. MAAF is working diligently to secure the rights guaranteed to them by our constitution, and to end the ubiquitous belief that being non religious equates to being unpatriotic.
Military non-believers have served our country in every war we have fought. We as free citizens of the United States owe them our support for the sacrifices they continue to make on our behalf.
They deserve nothing less.
MAAF is a very transparent organization that fights for the rights of an underrepresented group. They constantly keep members and donors informed of where their money is being spent and they are always there to fight for the rights of military personnel who feel uncomfortable being accosted in their workplace.
Their work is greatly needed and I appreciate their service.
MAAF always steps up to protect and enhance basic human rights not only in the military, but beyond. Without MAAF, soldiers and their families would be bereft of alternative resources. MAAF's tireless social media efforts go far to support all soldiers and equality regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. One of brothers is a Marine and straight and narrow in his life and views, but I support him even though I don't agree with some of his views (my other brother is gay and my Marine brother is resigned but not 100 percent on board with that), and MAAF helps me to see that my Marine brother does not define my gay brother's or my life, and that we love him (our Marine brother) unconditionally anyway -- because regardless of his being a little pest, he's our baby brother and a truly wonderful person. MAAF has helped with this and has given me the incentive to review with a kinder heart and less of a knee-jerk reaction so many different life views and religions (I'm an atheist). I'll always be grateful to Justin Griffith for leading me in this direction.
I you think that it is difficult to hold an unpopular opinion in the general public, imagine what it is like in the military. MAAF makes it less challenging to hold your unpopular opinion.
MAAF is an organization that helps military atheists with issues such as; organizing groups, dealing with military Chaplins, helping the local community, and educating military atheists about their rights. The organization has helped me meet great people and inspired me to proudly represent the atheist community in the military.