Jamie Kilstein at the Reason Rally

Jamie Kilstein is a cohost of the podcast Citizen Radio. His vigorous, wide-ranging, hilarious, and righteous rant was one of the real highlights of the Reason Rally. He actually was the one speaker I noticed to devote any significant part of his speech to scathingly criticizing the atheist community for any of its deficiencies. I was impressed by how versed in atheist internet controversies he was (most specifically he addressed an infamous Reddit incident).

His rant (below) is filled with NSFW language:

I love the takedown of agnostics:

Welcome to a rally with no agnostics. I think I like Christians more than agnostics because at least they took a really dumb stand. Agnostics are like people who vote independent–pick a side and start losing friends like the rest of us!

My own criticisms of agnostics are hereherehere, and here.

The next morning, he appeared along with Steven Pinker, Susan Jacoby, and Jamila Bey as part of Chris Hayes’s opening panel on his atheism theme episode of his MSNBC show:

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He came back to fill time while Bad Religion set up:

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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.

  • ‘Tis Himself

    Good rant. I liked how he slammed the atheist MRAs and their reactions to women at atheist functions.

    • http://anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com Bret

      What does MRA stand for? I’m assuming it’s not magnetic resonance array…

    • http://anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com Bret

      Never mind, found it: Men’s Rights Advocate. I had no idea we came up with a term and acronym for “Republican.”

  • John Horstman

    This is awesome. I approve of the entire thing.


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