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SGT Justin Griffith, Rock Beyond Belief

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SGT Justin Griffith, organizer of Rock Beyond Belief, will join us to talk about his efforts to have a secular concert as an alternative to evangelical concerts at Fort Bragg. On March 1, the Army reneged on its support of Rock Beyond Belief, forcing Justin to have to cancel the event that was scheduled for Saturday, April 2. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is representing Rock Beyond Belief in federal court.



Rock Beyond Belief was to be the secular alternative to the "Rock the Fort" proselytizing party co-sponsored by Fort Bragg's Religious Support Office and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Rock the Fort evangelism event was protested by separation of church and state watchdogs, but the Army went ahead with it anyway. Taxpayers funded over $52,000 for the Christian event, even though the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has over $248 million in tax-exempt assets.

Things were shaping up nicely, thanks to Justin and volunteers' hard work. Fort Bragg’s legal department recommended fully supporting Rock Beyond Belief's proposal. A stellar lineup of speakers, such as Dan Barker, Ed Brayton, Richard Dawkins, Hemant Mehta, Mikey Weinstein and more were scheduled to appear. Five bands were lined up.A bombshell letter dated March 1 from Fort Bragg Garrison Commander forced Justin to cancel the event.

Join us to learn more about Rock Beyond Belief, some plans we have in the works to help out, and the religious climate in America's military.

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Rock Beyond Belief and God Discussion.

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