Atheist soldiers want recognition at NC army post

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Posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A group of religious non-believers at Fort Bragg is pushing for the U.S. military to make sure they get the same treatment as religious groups.

Soldiers at the post have filed paperwork seeking recognition for their group, called Military Atheists and Secular Humanists. They want to hold meetings at the base, work with the Army's chaplains and have their gatherings listed in a bulletin of religious services.

They say it's time for soldiers without religious belief to publicly proclaim their views.

Jason Torpy is the president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. He says groups at about 20 bases around the world are watching to see what happens at Bragg, in hopes of pursuing official recognition as well.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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