Open Thread: An Unwelcome Change [Updated]

As you may have noticed, post pagination is back, and I'm not happy about it. This isn't of my choosing; it was imposed on Patheos atheist bloggers without our consent and with very little advance notice.This is a cheap and artificial way to inflate page view counts, and it does so at the cost of actively antagonizing people who want to read a longer essay all the way through. It makes information harder to search for and makes the site almost impossible to read on slow or data-limited … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Peacock

I think it's about time for another of these. This is an open thread for the purposes of self-promotion.Do you have a blog, a Twitter or a Tumblr account you'd like to publicize, a Kickstarter project you'd like to promote, a side business that does cool things for reason or science? Post in the comments and tell us about it!This month, I'm especially interested in hearing about good works: a charity that deserves support, a personal fundraiser for someone who needs some help, an … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Election Chatter

It was an exceptionally ugly night for Democrats. The Republicans winning the Senate is discouraging, though not unexpected. (I had held out hope of a 50-50 tie.) But the Democrats also lost multiple governorships, including several that should have been easy holds or promising pickups. A few scattered thoughts:• If you thought the last few years of obstruction were bad, things are about to get worse. It was already a given that President Obama wouldn't be able to pass any major … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: November 2

Coffee

• After serving most of a ten-year prison sentence for tax evasion, Kent Hovind was due to be released next year... but now the government is pressing new charges, saying that he filed fraudulent liens in an attempt to stop them from seizing his property as part of the punishment for his original conviction.• Virgin Galactic's experimental rocket plane SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight in the Mojave Desert, killing one of its two pilots. It's a tragic setback and a … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: The Dollyrots

It's Friday, and after a week like this one, I'm guessing we could all use something upbeat to ease into the weekend.So here's a blast of pure sonic joy from the Dollyrots, a pop-punk band fronted by the husband-wife duo of Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas. This is one of my favorites off their self-titled, fan-funded 2012 album. Take a listen and tell me it's not catchy:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

I Get Religious Mail: Help the Jews, Emphasis on Jews

FeedTheJews01

Here's the latest in the list of mistargeted religious solicitations I've gotten in the mail. As you can see, the back of the envelope contains an endorsement from Pat Boone (this Pat Boone), which probably gives you a good idea of what demographic this group was aiming at:Inside was a lengthy letter, which I'll quote some selected passages from:Dear Christian Friend,My name is Yechiel Eckstein. I'm an orthodox rabbi who's been working with thousands of … [Read more...]

Support the Ada Initiative

FWord

If you, like me, are sick and tired of all the bad news that's been coming out of the atheist community lately, here's something you can do to help: support the Ada Initiative, a nonprofit group that seeks to change sexist cultures and increase women's participation and representation.Although their primary focus is on programming and the open-source development community, the Ada Initiative has played a role in fighting sexism in atheism and skepticism, in science fiction/fantasy … [Read more...]

The Wall of Silence Around Michael Shermer

Earlier this month, I wrote about the serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault made against skeptic "thought leader" Michael Shermer by three women, who agreed to be named in an article published by Buzzfeed. That article, as you'd expect, has provoked an enormous amount of controversy and outrage.But what I find more surprising is who isn't discussing it. Some prominent individuals in the atheist and skeptical community are either minimizing this story, treating the … [Read more...]

Speaking at Sunday Assembly NYC

SunAssembly

I'm very pleased to announce that next Sunday, October 5, I'll be speaking at Sunday Assembly NYC! This month's topic is mythology: why we create it, what purpose it serves, and what (if anything) it's good for. Do humans still need mythology? If so, how does it fit in the modern world; and if not, what can we put in its place?The Sunday Assembly, as I've written previously, is a global humanist congregation focused on doing good and living a better life without supernatural beliefs. Its New … [Read more...]

Weekday Coffee: September 25

I've been taking a breather this week, but never fear, my Atlas Shrugged series will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, some quick links:• Help atheist blogger and ex-Quiverfuller Vyckie Garrison save her house! She's in financial trouble caused largely by her divorce from an abusive husband, which in turn happened because she lost her faith. She needs to raise $23,000 to save it. If you need more incentive, here's her outstanding speech from the 2014 American Atheists national … [Read more...]


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