Jason Torpy, President of MAAF (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers), will be talking on foxhole atheists, their service to the nation, and their struggle for equal rights in the military. He will also discuss current events such as humanist support at military academies and basic training, and the first humanist chaplain candidate for the military. The event if free and open to the public.
The event will be at the University of Utah campus at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building Room 1110. Parking on Campus for this event is free to park on weekends. There is a parking lot adjacent to the Business Building.
Bio: Mr. Torpy serves as the President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF), a national non-profit building community for atheists and humanists in the military. Mr. Torpy also holds seats on the board of the Secular Coalition for America, the premier lobbying organization for secular issues, and the American Humanist Association, which fosters Humanist community and ethics.
After joining the military in 1994, Mr. Torpy has been active with the nontheist community. He has addressed issues of separation of church and state and equal opportunity for nontheistic service members in Army basic training, Army parachutist training, military academy programs, and in combat situations. Mr. Torpy's education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from West Point and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He is a Humanist Celebrant recognized by the Humanist Society.
After earning top graduate honors from two intelligence training programs, Mr. Torpy was offered direct admission to the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation, Mr. Torpy was commissioned as an officer and served for five years in Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq with the Army's 1st Armored Division. He left the service in 2005 at the rank of Captain to pursue an MBA. Mr. Torpy currently lives in Washington, DC.