The Camp Quest Challenge: Time for a Rematch

Earlier this week, the blogger Emily Dietle (Emily Has Books) put out an appeal on behalf of one of her guest authors, Christi, who's a student on a limited income but wanted to join the Freedom from Religion Foundation:College student & blossoming blogger, @hypochristi, would like to join @FFRF. Want to help make this happen? Only $25 needed. — Emily Dietle (@emilyhasbooks) July 10, 2012This was opportune because of this article I just read about the relationship of happiness … [Read more...]

It’s SSA Week – Support Our Secular Students!

I'm a bit busy this week, since I'm at Netroots Nation until Sunday. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the major fundraising drive that's just kicked off: the Secular Student Alliance's SSA Week, which is taking place from June 6th to 16th. Yes, I realize that's more than a week, but our freethinking students and the people who support them are an integral part of the atheist movement, and they deserve more than just seven days of support! As Lyz Liddell, the SSA director of campus … [Read more...]

Unite Against the War on Women

This Saturday, April 28, is the date for a collective movement of nationwide marches and rallies, organized by UniteWomen.org and backed by a national coalition of non-profit organizations, the Center for Inquiry among them. I wanted to write a bit about what motivated this and what's at stake. In just the last few years in America, decades of gains in women's rights have been seriously endangered, with outrageous anti-choice laws proposed or passed by right-wing legislatures in numerous … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: November 12

Here's some miscellany to accompany your morning coffee: • 70 major U.S. corporations and civic organizations call for DOMA to be struck down in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a federal legal challenge. • Help defend the First Amendment! The U.S. Forest Service is considering a request from FFRF to terminate a Catholic group's no-cost lease for a shrine to Jesus on federal parkland. The public comment period is open until December 8, and we need to make our voices heard. The … [Read more...]

Take Action: Speak Out on “Conscience Clauses”

The other day, I got this action alert from FFRF that I thought was worth passing along:As you may know, on August 1st, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services jointly announced new guidelines for access to preventative care. The new regulations greatly expand access to preventative care under the new health care act, particularly for women. One of the most significant changes is the provision that all FDA-approved contraceptives … [Read more...]

Help the Filipino Freethinkers

I'm no PZ Myers, but I've been known to crash a poll now and then. And today, you can do it for a good cause: helping the Filipino Freethinkers win the Globe Tatt Award, which recognizes innovative use of social media and comes with a cash prize. Here's the e-mail I got from FF member Jeiel Aranal:The Filipino Freethinkers is currently in the running for two categories in the Globe Tatt Awards, a local social media award. The prizes we could win in the awards would go a long way in helping us … [Read more...]

Take Action: Tell Montreal Police to Investigate Threats Against Atheists

If you've been around the atheist blogosphere for very long, you're probably acquainted with Dennis Markuze, a notorious net kook who's been spamming atheist blogs, forums, bulletin boards, wikis, social networking sites, and every other website he finds out about with insane, nonsensical rants about Nostradamus, 9/11 and his various other obsessions. He's been at this literally for decades, and apparently has a limitless supply of time and sockpuppet accounts with which to do it. (However … [Read more...]

Atheist Action Items

• We've all been following the news about the massive earthquake and tsunami that's devastated Japan, and I won't waste your time rehashing the details. Help on an international scale is urgently needed, and the Foundation Beyond Belief has stepped in and is raising funds for the Japanese Red Cross. They've already collected almost $10,000, but that's just a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed. Visit their ChipIn page and contribute if you can.• On another note, my good … [Read more...]

Help Bring Freethought to Prisoners

The United States of America is the prison capital of the world, incarcerating far more people than any other nation (including China, which has over four times our population and is a repressive dictatorship). And most atheists already know that Christian proselytizing is rampant in prisons, with programs that both skirt the Constitution and blatantly trespass on it.Given these facts, it makes sense for the atheist movement to care about what happens behind prison walls. Although atheists are … [Read more...]

An Appeal for Haiti

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled flame war for this important announcement.As everyone has no doubt heard, Haiti was hit by a colossal earthquake last night; the city of Port-au-Prince is in ruins, and tens of thousands of people may be dead. If you're able to help, please consider making a donation to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. And if simple human compassion doesn't move you, consider it doing it to spite that wicked, heartless old fraud Pat Robertson, who said that … [Read more...]


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