Soldiers, spouses and any civilians are welcome. We are all shades of non-theism, be it: Atheist, Agnostics, Skeptics, Humanists, all are welcome and represented here.
M*A*S*H is looking to build a core group of serious and active members, military or civilian, who wish to be a part of a meaningful community. We are Active Duty Soldiers, Army spouses, parents, retirees, from many backgrounds coming together for shared goals and friendship.
1) To serve the vastly under-represented non-theist population of Soldiers on posts across the world. To this end, we hope to ultimately establish an official tie-in with the every base’s Chaplaincy. We’d like each chapter to have some meetups on post, possibly even in the Chapels. Additionally we want to be officially recognized and listed on the Chaplain’s schedule of services that currently caters to Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Pagans.
2) Provide a safe, and fun environment for community oriented meetings. Potlucks, speakers, secular kids’ play-dates, nights out on the town.
3) Encourage the building of a strong activist framework to work together towards the various issues that face being a non-believer in the Military, or in a Military town. Together we can really make a difference. We can coordinate and network to affect a real change.
How you can help:
Join the local MASH chapter, and ask them!
If there isn’t a local MASH chapter, start one! The first chapter was launched in early January 2011, and has already proven to be wildly successful. Until we flesh out the upcoming guide to starting your own chapter, please use the contact form to reach us directly. We have plenty of suggestions, and are able to offer a lot of support.
Also, we encourage all members to join MAAF formally.
Your Support is Important
Being an atheist or freethinker in the military can be a challenge. Now more than ever MAAF needs atheists and freethinkers to stand together. For far too long we have been marginalized and treated like second-class soldiers. Excluded from prayer breakfasts, forced into religious ceremonies, and discriminated against for not attending church services, it is important that as a community we stand strong. MAAF draws its strength from numbers. We stand as a reminder that there are atheists in foxholes, on ships, and in airplanes throughout the world. Together we can make a difference and help atheists and freethinkers be proud of their beliefs and find a supportive community.
MAAF is a Unique Community
For many members, MAAF is the first place they meet other military atheists and freethinkers. MAAF members have fought in all major conflicts back to World War II and represent all services and hundreds of specialties. We are committed to providing a social community as well as a grass-roots activist network. Unlike many atheist and freethought organizations we are not location dependent. Our commitment to providing an internet community is out of our understanding of the uprooted nature of military service. MAAF members support each other not only as atheists and freethinkers but also as friends. No other organization understands the unique challenges facing military freethinkers and atheists today.