OK, well, not really a movie, but they’ve got a new trailer that is awesome! In case you’ve been living in a cave, Rock Beyond Belief is a planned festival that was organized as a secular event in response to the evangelical festival & concert, “Rock the Fort,” that was put on by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on the Fort Bragg Main Parade Field. The Graham event was specifically and unashamed evangelical and was actively promoted via letters sent to the community by the Senior Fort Bragg Chaplain.
The Billy Graham people hailed it as an event to add new members to the local churches and it was fully and completely supported and endorsed by the United States Army. The result was a government sponsored church service that the Department of Defense paid for. When the event organizer, Sgt. Justin Griffith, brought the fact that US Army support, endorsement and financial backing of the Billy Graham event was blatantly in violation of the First Amendment and that he was organizing Rock Beyond Belief, the military leaders said they would support similar events by non-Christian groups. In fact, this promise was put in writing by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Bragg to the Freedom From Religion Foundation .
The US Army has already shown blatant discrimination against atheist and other freethinking personnel, taking the the position that a soldier who lacks belief is unfit for duty with it’s Spiritual Fitness Tracker. That issue is still ongoing, and is being closely followed by the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers(MAAF), Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), American Atheists (AA), the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the Foundation Beyond Belief, the United Atheist Front, Inc(UAF) and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU).
An incredible amount of work went into Rock Beyond Belief, including the scheduling of speakers Dan Barker, Ed Brayton, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Downey, Jen McCreight, Dale McGowan, Hemant Mehta, Al Stefanelli, Mikey Weinstein, Michael Werner and others, as well as musical performances by Baba Brinkman, Jeffrey Lewis, Spoonboy and others. But the event was canceled at the last minute on utterly unconstitutional grounds, and is now being covered thoroughly by the mass media, including USA Today, MSNBC and many others.
So, without further adieu, I present you with the new Rock Beyond Belief official trailer!
Al Stefanelli is the author of “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism On Planet earth.” He also writes for the National Atheism Examiner and Yahoo! He is also the President and Founder of the United Atheist Front, wich can be found on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, Podbean and YouTube.