The Funny Thing About Sexual Harassment. And Then the Unfunny Thing.

Tell you a coupla stories:When I was about 16, I worked part-time as a stock boy and gofer at the central office of a chain of health clubs in Houston.One of my not-quite-co-workers was Bobby, a big black guy who was the right-hand man of the distribution director. The performance of our duties would normally almost never put Bobby and I in the same room together, but I saw him everyday anyway. … [Read more...]

Sexual Harassment: FtBers Hang Out on Google Hangout

You'll probably see this all over Freethought Blogs, but ...Big news these days is the subject of policies addressing harassment, sexual and otherwise, at atheist/freethought conventions. In this Google Hangout video, Freethought bloggers discuss a controversy surrounding TAM, The Amazing Meeting. … [Read more...]

Lifeboat of Knowledge, Dinghy of Power

A long one, here. Sorry.I’d like to revisit my recent post, Reason Not to Rest, in which I touched on the idea “We won and we can relax now.” I want to expand on that, to look at it from a slightly different angle, and basically reinforce my own conviction that now is definitely NOT the time to relax.  So: … [Read more...]

In Which I Admit to Being Wrong

Kudos to the lot of you! I’m more than a little pleased with how the discussion worked out in comments to my Liberal Knees post about the burkha.All of the comments were thoughtful, most were lengthy, and none of them were flames against me or the other readers/commenters.Best of all, I learned some stuff, and I hope others did too. There were more nuances in the issue than my simple formulation of “I don’t get to wear a mask in public; I don’t think anyone else should.”Most telling was the … [Read more...]

The Great Debate

I went to the “great debate” – Does God Exist? – last night at Binghamton University in Upstate New York. The event was double-hosted by the Campus Bible Fellowship and the Secular Student Alliance.Ex-Mormon Erin M. and I caught a ride with Michael McElroy, all members of the local atheist Meet-Up group, Capital Region Atheists and Agnostics. Nice trip, the both of you. I enjoyed the wide-ranging conversation immensely. Sorry I fell asleep on the late-night return trip; hey, I’m old. —Oh, yeah, … [Read more...]

Reason Rally: The Speech That Didn’t Happen

This is the speech I would have given, if I’d been asked to speak at the Reason Rally. No, there’s no reason anyone should have asked – I’m not well enough known just yet – but that didn’t stop me from wanting to be up on stage anyway. Saying this: Hank's Reason Rally Speech Just as we still talk about the Enlightenment, or the discovery of fire, a thousand years from now, people will still be talking about this moment.Because this is the moment when civilization left the launch pad. This is th … [Read more...]


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