Weekday Coffee: Skepticon Edition

I've spent this past weekend at Skepticon 7, and I'm still recovering (especially from the Skeptiprom dance party on Saturday night). In the meantime, here are some links I picked up from the weekend's talks:• My favorite talk of the convention was by Ben Blanchard, who spent a year working abroad with the Foundation Beyond Belief's Humanist Service Corps. He dug wells in Cambodia and Ecuador, helped build latrines in Haiti, taught science to children at the Kasese Humanist Primary … [Read more...]

Support the Ada Initiative

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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...]

Weekday Coffee: September 25

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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...]

Last Chance to Donate to Bowl-a-Thon!

Just a reminder - this coming weekend is the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of helping to pay for abortions for women who want them but can't afford them. I'm on a fundraising team this year, and it's not too late to chip in. If you want to support me in this cause and haven't donated yet, now's your last chance!Here's my personal page and my team page (you can donate to either one; the only thing it affects is who gets bragging rights for raising … [Read more...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

EmpoweringWomen

The past few years have been bad ones for reproductive choice, as the religious right continues in its obsessive focus to throw up ever-more insulting, condescending, and ridiculous obstacles between a woman and her right to exercise autonomy over her body. Just this month, in Iowa, state legislators proposed a bill that would allow women to sue their doctors for up to ten years after getting an abortion, regardless of what consent forms they signed, if they experience "regret" - an obvious … [Read more...]

What Are Your Favorite Charities?

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I have some sad news to report. In 2007 (seven years ago!), I wrote about the philanthropy of Robert Wilson, an atheist and retired hedge-fund tycoon who vowed to donate his entire $800 million fortune to charity before he died.Well, he kept that promise, donating his last $100 million to the Environmental Defense Fund last month. Shortly thereafter, he committed suicide at the age of 87. From the evidence, this wasn't the result of depression but a rational decision to end his life before … [Read more...]

World News Roundup

FoundationBeyondBelief

I can't write about every story that crosses my radar, as much as I'd like to. But so much that's noteworthy has been happening in the world lately, I'm overdue for a catch-up post.First, there's a glimmer of good news: the Dáil, the lower house of Ireland's Parliament, easily passed a bill that (slightly) relaxes the draconian, no-exceptions abortion ban that killed Savita Halappanavar. The upper house, the Seanad, still has to approve it, but since the government controls both houses by a … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: May 26

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• Presenting the inaugural Patheos Atheists Blog Carnival! Dan Fincke has put together a list of some of the best recent writing from all of us. Go check it out!• From the Department of You Can't Make This Up: earlier this week, the pope made a surprisingly ecumenical comment about how even atheists can be good people. A Vatican spokesman then issued a follow-up in which he clarified that, just in case there was any doubt, we're still going to hell.• After the … [Read more...]

It’s SSA Week – Ask Me Anything!

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It's that time again: the time of the year where we come together to support the Secular Student Alliance, one of the most important groups helping to foster community among young atheists and to energize, connect and train the next generation of secular activists. The SSA helps organize, represent and defend clubs for atheist and agnostic students on campuses across the country (plus I hear they sponsor some pretty cool speakers), and now has almost 50 high school affiliates and almost 400 … [Read more...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

ProChoiceProtest

Since religious-right legislators continue to put insultingly ridiculous obstacles in the path of women seeking abortion - like the latest one, a proposed bill in South Dakota that would specify that the mandatory 72-hour waiting period wouldn't include weekends or holidays - we pro-choice people have to do what we can to make it easier for women to exercise that choice.That's why the National Network of Abortion Funds is holding its fourth annual Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, raising money … [Read more...]


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