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Justin Griffith, an atheist in the US military, tells the story of how he ended up with ATHEIST/FSM on his dogtags. It all started when he enlisted as an atheist, only to have his recruiter record his...
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Made my morning. Thank you for sharing this.
 
Depending on the type of Pagan, maybe they could have the Principia Discordia? :-)
 
I think of the Principia Discordia as "How to Deactivate Your Monotheism Programming 101."  I wouldn't mind having it around as a holy book, but it's probably not where the meaty stuff lies for Pagans who've been at it a while.  I imagine someone in an intense situation like boot camp might prefer meatier stuff.  Although really, I the Pagans I've spent the most time with don't typically find their paths most easily with words or books, maybe partly because of the recognition of immanence/experience as valuable.  Possibly that's part of what has made the struggle for a pentacle option on military graves and non-Pagan desecration of the first defined ritual space on a military base such a big deal for us?

The pattern of behavior that this guy dealt with is definitely familiar -- dominionism has gained a worrisome hold in the military in some parts of the US in the past decade or so, and it needs to be addressed head on.  That a non-Christian was discriminated against in the military was 99% unsurprig to me; it's happened rampantly before to people of many creeds/religions/even Christian sects.  That an atheist used FSM humor to gain some kind of social acceptance was also, say, 95% unsurprising.  So what I found most interesting was that the disfavored-flavor of the week by the military was an atheist, because I assumed that they'd see far more easy acceptance than a Pagan or a Muslim.
 
I think FSM stuff has about the same function for atheists -- humorous deprogramming. We don't have holy books, but if I had to pick something like one, it would be Lives of a Cell or Pale Blue Dot.
 
I have a friend who walks a Pagan/atheist line and Carl Sagan is pretty much a patron saint to her.  :)
 
Does she listen to Bone Poets Orchestra (previously called Gaia Consort)? They're also on the Pagan/atheist line and have some really good music.
 
Dunno, I'll have to ask!  I did learn about the Secular Buddhist podcast from her, though.

I think I may have heard of Gaia Consort myself, although no idea if I've heard their music.
 
Secular Buddhist? I'll have to check that out!
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