Evil Big Thing

Rock Beyond Belief is ON in less than 2 hours! If you can still get to Fayetteville, North Carolina for this afternoon, head on over to Fort Bragg asap! The event’s MC, FtB’s own Ed Brayton, is already there and dressed for the occasion:

(via Hemant)

I had the pleasure of spending nearly the entirety of the Reason Rally and the post-rally dinner with Ed. He was chock full of great stories, funny quips, cynical head shaking, and civil libertarian political analysis throughout the day.

We both agreed that Jessica Ahlquist and Nate Phelps were two of the most moving speakers of the day. If you still haven’t ordered your own “Evil Little Thing” shirt in support of Jessica, you can do so here.

The shirts are the brainchild of Freethought Blogs’s Ophelia Benson in response to Rhode Island State Representative Peter G. Palumbo calling Ahlquist an “evil little thing” for taking her school to court over an unconstitutional prayer banner. If you weren’t at the Reason Rally a week ago, or just would like to relive one of its highlights, below is video of Jessica receiving a college scholarship check from Hemant Mehta (partially funded by “Evil Little Thing” t-shirt sales) and making the memorable speech where she told the admiring crowd assembled that to her we are all evil little things:

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Jeff Sherry

    Cool. Are you also at Rock Beyond Belief Dan?

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/camelswithhammers Daniel Fincke

      Unfortunately, no.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/ Ophelia Benson

    D’you know, I’d forgotten that it was my idea!

    Thanks for the reminder and the shout-out. My best idea evarr.

    (I wish I hadn’t forgotten – I could have introduced myself to Jessica in Orlando with “the T shirts were my idea!!” Instead it was something like “Uhhhhhhhh gosh hi blush giggle.”)

  • godlesspanther

    It’s great to see the “Evil Big Thing” shirts. I saw the “Evil Little Thing” shirts and I like those but one not would not fit me. I need an “Evil Big Thing” shirt.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches Ed Brayton

    I had a ton of people ask me where they could get one, but I had it specially made for Rock Beyond Belief. Margaret Downey suggested that I should sell them, and I probably will. I’m actually going to be opening an online store for secular swag pretty soon and I’ll make that one available.