April Speaking Recap

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Thanks to everyone in the Secular Student Alliance affiliates at Ripon and Oshkosh, who hosted my trip this past week to the great state of Wiscons(in). Aside from a minor air travel-related mishap on the way out (and I only blame US Airways for that), it went very well! I toured the rural wilds of Wisconsin, tried some of the local microbrew - I enjoyed Spotted Cow - and spent an afternoon in picturesque downtown Ripon, which has a kind of Norman Rockwell charm. I also spoke closer to home, at … [Read more...]

Upcoming Speaking Events in Wisconsin

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Later this week, I'll be in Wisconsin for two speaking events, courtesy of some local SSA affiliates. If you live in the area, come out and say hi! I'll be giving the same talk at each one - my speech on objective ethics from a secular viewpoint, "The Science of Morality" - so if you miss the first one, you'll have a second chance. I'll post exact locations for the talks as soon as I have them. WHEN & WHERE: Secular Student Alliance at Ripon College Ripon College Thursday, April 25, 5 … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Boston Bombings

I wanted to write something yesterday about the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, but I was too angry and depressed over it all to jot down something coherent. I still don't think I have anything profound or helpful to say, especially since we still know nothing about who did this or why. And as Amanda Marcotte reminds us, we may not find out more for months or years, if ever. Despite a pretty low level of irresponsible speculation, that not-knowing can't help but fan the flames of … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: April 14

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• My wife Elizabeth is raising funds for the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, and has just one week left and less than $200 to raise to get to her goal of $1,000. Help out! • And if you need some motivation, anti-choicers are harassing and terrorizing the staff of the newly reopened family-planning clinic in Wichita once owned by the murdered Dr. George Tiller. One of them, David Leach from the group Army of God, calls the clinic's existence "a gauntlet thrown down by someone … [Read more...]

Reflections on #AAcon13

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I'm writing this in the airport, on my way home from a weekend in Austin, Texas for the 50th anniversary convention of American Atheists. New York is all bare gray branches, still; it's too early in the season even for buds. By comparison, Austin was a startling riot of green, with tree-lined streets and forested riverbanks that bloomed explosively in the perfect, gorgeous warm weather. The branches were thronged with big, sleek black birds (grackles, according to a thread on B&W) that kept up a … [Read more...]

Coming to Austin This Weekend

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This coming weekend, I'm going to be in Austin, Texas to attend the 2013 National Convention of American Atheists. I'm not going to be in town for long - I'm getting in on Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday morning - but I'm definitely planning to pack as much fun as I can into the time I've got! Who else is going to be there? … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: March 16

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• As you all know, there's a new pope in town: Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires. He talks a good game on poverty, although like all Catholic hierarchs, he doesn't seem to grasp that his opposition to birth control perpetuates the very problem he claims to want solved. As if there was any doubt, he's also a staunch social conservative who's called same-sex marriage "a move by the Father of Lies". More worrisome, though, is the accusation of Bergoglio's complicity in the Dirty … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: International Women’s Day Edition

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Yesterday was International Women's Day, so in honor of that, all the links in this week's roundup are feminist-themed. And there's a lot of news to cover: • Anita Sarkheesian of Feminist Frequency has released the first in her Tropes vs Women in Video Games series, exploring the cliche of the damsel in distress. (Hilariously, a group of "men's rights" advocates who solicited donations for a rebuttal video series appear to have taken the money and run.) • A brutal, poignant … [Read more...]

My Interview on the Jesse Lee Peterson Show

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Earlier today, I was on a radio show hosted by Jesse Lee Peterson, an ultra-right-wing black conservative minister who's defended slavery and advocated an end to women's suffrage. We talked about how I became an atheist, my book, and my petition to advance feminism and diversity in the atheist community. You'd better believe it was a lively hour! If you didn't get the chance to listen live, you can hear an archived version through iTunes … [Read more...]

Appearing on the Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show

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So, here's some news! This Thursday, March 7, I'm being interviewed for the Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show. And if you don't know who Jesse Lee Peterson is, well, see for yourself. I'm told they want to talk to me about my petition regarding feminism and diversity in the atheist community, and I have a pretty good idea of what the line of questioning will be. Suffice to say that I intend to be well-prepared. The interview will be around 11 AM Eastern time, so if you'd like to listen live … [Read more...]


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