Can Atheist Rock Beyond Belief meet Army Restrictions?
The truth of the US Army’s equitable treatment of “Rock Beyond Belief” has already been addressed. Oddly, though, many people don’t know that RBB may not be able to meet the restrictions imposed upon it by the Army even if it does find the funding it needs to proceed.
What restrictions are those? Well, the same ones put on the Christian “Rock the Fort,” of course: Content.
Unnoticed by many has been the fact Fort Bragg restricted the content at “Rock the Fort.” As noted in the After Action Report:
The bands and speakers stayed within the parameters that we gave them as directed by LTG Helmick, “in other words keep it low key…share encouraging music and a gospel message with no statements that are critical of other religions.” (emphasis added)
Shockingly, no one complained about the US military restricting the religious speech at what religious freedom critic Michael Weinstein described as a “Christian orgy.”
As previously noted, “Rock Beyond Belief” invited Michael Weinstein and Richard Dawkins to speak, two men who make their livings being “critical of other religions.” Invited musical guests also have a history of similar criticism. Does anyone really expect they could fill a stage for 8 hours with people whose lives revolve around attacking religion and meet such a stringent requirement?
The “shock” expressed above is, of course, facetious. Michael Weinstein tries to convince unsuspecting people that Christians are trying to take over the government, saying Christians will stop at nothing to assert their “supremacy,” trampling on other religions along the way.
The truth is Christians often walk on eggshells — and follow rules and restrictions some might be surprised to learn about, as above — because they value their own religious freedom and respect that of others’.