My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, Washington, DC, USA
I've been in the US Army Reserves for 25 years (and counting). I'm an atheist and early in my career, I simply didn't pay too much attention to matters of religious discrimination, though in retrospect I can think of a couple of examples. Especially after 9/11, however, there seems to have been a renewed effort by the leadership to equate military virtue with religiosity (particularly Christinanity). I started to see (or perhaps notice) more and more cases of religious discrimination, intolerance of unorthodox views, and at times even overt disrespect. Then I found out about MAAF. This is an organization that REPRESENTS the atheist, humanist, freethinker community in the Armed Forces. I found them to be a wonderful resource and eventually became so involved in their cause that I became a Board Member. If you have been discriminated against by any member of the military because you are an atheist, please know that you are not alone. MAAF can help reach out to your leadership and in most cases remedy the situation. In the more obstinate cases, MAAF can provide you with resources to help you make things right.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
All this organization needs is more membership! If the statistics are right, about 16-20% of the population is in the "no religious preference" category. Even if only a fraction of them are actually Atheist, MAAF's membership is still quite small in comparison.
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