Rock Beyond Belief
March 24, 2012 by staff
Rock Beyond Belief, The Foxhole Atheists, a group of servicemen and women who are atheist, are moving ahead with plans to host the first-ever atheist event on a United States base. The concert as Rock Beyond Belief will be held on March 31 and has created a debate as to whether atheistic events should be held by the military.
Justin Griffith is behind the event, which is modeled on Christian evangelist Billy Graham’s Rock the Fort. Rock the Fort is a public event for U.S. soldiers and has been an institution since 2009.
“They bragged that they got hundreds of soldiers … to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior,” Griffith told MSNBC. “That is just unacceptable. The chaplain’s job is not to grow his/her flock, it’s his/her job to tend to the existing flock.”
Chaplains have been a part of the military since its founding and are trained not to minister solely to Christians but to those of other denominations as well. Because atheists do not follow a particular practice, they are not in need of a chaplain’s care.
However, Griffith states that he wants atheists to be treated in the same manner as Christian believers, which is confusing to many.
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