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...]

Throwing Out Leftovers, Civilization-Wide

I’m gonna tell you about four things I used to do. Four actions – habits – I picked up when I was a kid and continued at least into my early adult life.First, I used to eat large amounts of ice cream and other rich, fatty foods at every opportunity.Second, I used to actively avoid stepping on cracks in the sidewalk when I was walking.Third, I used to vigorously snap my towel when I stepped out of the shower and pulled it off the towel rack.Fourth, I used to look both ways when I stepped o … [Read more...]

Doing My Part: Christopher

[ This is a response to Doing My Part for the Godless Future. If you'd like to submit one of your own — what you're doing to help the world, or just yourself, get free of religion — email me via the link in that post. ]__________My very small part is to reply to xtians who use the "Love the sinner but hate the sin" in the same way I did to my sister when she stated that Jesus said, "Love the sinner but hate the sin."So I asked her, "When did you become Hindu?" "Whaa?" she said.  Then I info … [Read more...]

Fanboy Does ‘Wrath of the Titans’

Wrath of the Titans: Whoo-boy, a serious action movie, with some beautiful special effects.Fortunately, the Titans production team threw a bit less at us in the way of breathtaking visual intricacy — such as that of the too-frenetic Transformer movies, which I sometimes had a hard time following and lost interest in as a result.Good stuff:Special Effects. Being me, I HAD to like the flying horse, but there were some other effects that were even better. … [Read more...]

Murderous Purple Panda Terrifies Terrified Children

Sorry, can't help but laugh at this. ABC News reports on an incident at Pennsylvania's Center in the Woods preschool."Mr. McFeely" (the name alone made me laugh; sounds more like a Catholic preschool character), apparently a delivery man on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, introduces the kids to special guest Purple Panda. As the costumed character enters the room, Panda-monium breaks out: The kids scream and run. … [Read more...]

Doing My Part: Cory Brunson

[ This is a response to Doing My Part for the Godless Future . If you'd like to submit one of your own — what you're doing to help the world, or just yourself, get free of religion — email me via the link in that post. ]__________I do a lot of the familiar stuff at the personal level: I sit at Ask An Atheist tables, i write letters to the editor, i regularly post religious commentary on Facebook. I cross out "In God We Trust" on dollar bills and write in "E pluribus unum". These things mat … [Read more...]


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