I’m Part of FreethoughtBlogs’ FTBConscience!

I'll be appearing on the "Atheism and Grief" panel at FTBConscience this Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Central time.Other speakers will include Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, plus Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor.Here's the entire convention schedule, and here's the page detailing just my panel.I'd volunteered to be on the panel regarding the future of atheism, hoping to talk about Beta Culture, but there were already plenty of panelists included there.Hope to see … [Read more...]

New Site Layout (Plus Brain-Stealing Radiation)

No doubt you've noticed the different appearance here, and on Freethought Blogs generally. The Hidden Masters of FTB are upgrading the design, as well as making changes such as a hypnotic opinion generator that will steal your mind and turn you into a willing minion of the World Atheist Conspiracy.I'm not totally convinced I like the new typeface. Certain other bloggers are tweaking their CSS to render posts in other fonts, and I might do the same after things shake out. Some bugs are being … [Read more...]

The Passing of a Loved One

Greta Christina recently lost her father. My father died on October 1, 2012, at the age of 79.My dad, like me, was an atheist. And when you’re an atheist and a non-believer, and the people you love die, you don’t get to tell yourself that they aren’t really dead. You don’t get to tell yourself that you’re going to see them again someday, in some hypothetical post-death existence that somehow both is and is not life. You have to accept that death is really permanent, and really final.This may … [Read more...]

Talking to John Loftus

Former FtBer John Loftus of Debunking Christianity has a post up today titled Ed Brayton, PZ Myers, and Freethought Bloggers, Listen to Me.John is absolutely welcome to his opinions, but as some large part of what he said is a whack at FtB, and as I disagree with it, I answered him in the comments, and I echo it here.___________________Freethought Blogs blogger here, specifically the Blue Collar Atheist.Quoting you: "I know you have a herd mentality and have a strong tendency not to … [Read more...]

Celebrate, We Must. Yes.

According to the Wikipedia article on PZ Myers, "Pharyngula.org was started on June 19, 2002."Surely that means there will be some sort of celebration — on or about June 19, 2012 — in honor of a full DECADE of delightful and curmudgeonly atheist blogging? (Few will remember that PZ's entire first year was devoted mostly to talk of squid sex.)I'm thinking backyard barbecue. Liquor should be involved. … [Read more...]

What Will YOU Do When the Angry Voices Come?

One of the most riveting quotes from the Reason Rally stage was this one: I will continue my fight until I die. That was said by author/speaker/activist Taslima Nasrin.Unlike most of us, who might say such things in the naive, comfortable bravado of our safe and secure lives, Nasrin has been under threat of death, under sentence of death by Islamic decree since 1993.In her case, as I mentioned in Rusted Pickup at the Senior Prom, her statement is a fully-conscious admission of the … [Read more...]


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