Why Atheists Should Care More About Education

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I've been reading this post on Skepchick by Debbie Goddard, about why education should be a higher priority to the secular movement. As Debbie puts it:I am frustrated that we-the-movement only seem to get involved with public education when a teacher puts Bible quotes on the walls of her classroom, when a football coach leads his high school team in prayer, when a science teacher spends time promoting intelligent design, when an administration prevents a student from starting an atheist … [Read more...]

Both Billboards and Soup Kitchens

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What strategy should the atheist movement adopt during the holiday season? Should we focus on doing good works as a visible proof that we're caring and moral people, or should we redouble our efforts to be loud and uncompromising in the face of an onslaught of religious schmaltz? That's the subject of the latest Deep Rift(TM) in the secular community, being debated in an article by Dan Merica on CNN as well as a rather caustic post by Andrew Tripp (whom you may remember from his recent guest post … [Read more...]

Update on Chase Giving and SSA Donation Drive – Thank You!

Back in July, I wrote about how the Secular Student Alliance's website had been targeted by denial-of-service attacks. In that post, I called on Christians and other theists to donate to the SSA to help them recoup the costs they spent on erecting defenses, and to show solidarity against people who would silence others' views through illegal means. That campaign closed at the end of August, raising a total of $615. I've just donated that money to the SSA, and here's a screen grab of the receipt … [Read more...]

Last Chance to Help the SSA and Camp Quest Win $5 Million!

Here's the summary of this post: If you have a Facebook account and just a few minutes of spare time, you can help some hardworking atheist organizations win tens of thousands of dollars! All it takes is a few clicks, and this is your last chance. If you're willing to step up, please vote for Camp Quest here and vote for the Secular Student Alliance here. And here's the longer version: The Chase Community Giving program I wrote about earlier this month is still going on, but not for long. … [Read more...]

Help the SSA and Camp Quest Win $5 Million!

If you have a Facebook account, you have an opportunity this month to help out two worthy secular organizations in a big, big way. The Secular Student Alliance and Camp Quest have both been nominated for the Chase Community Giving program, in which Chase gives out $5 million to the charities that win the most votes. The prize money is distributed like this:$250,000 to the charity receiving the most votes $100,000 to the next ten runners-up $50,000 to the next thirty-five runners-up … [Read more...]

The Best Ways to Ask for Money

(more info here)The majority of paper mail I get is from people asking me for money. Political candidates from every state, advocacy groups, seemingly every charity under the sun, museums, parks, orchestras, even religious groups. But probably the most surprising solicitation I've gotten to date was a letter from the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking me to give them money to support the American team. Since when are the Olympics a charity? As politically engaged as I am, even I tend to … [Read more...]

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...]

SSA Week Day 6/7: My Picks

Today's the last day of SSA Week, and the end is in sight! At the time of this writing, we've raised just over $88,000 out of a target of $100,000. We can do this, people! If you haven't donated yet, now's your chance: get out your credit card, click this link, and become a donor by giving whatever you can to support an excellent secular organization empowering atheist students. I have a special offer for people who donate today, about which I'll say more later. But first, here are my favorites … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 5: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, we've come roaring back to blow past the previous total, raising more than $10,000 since yesterday for a total of $73,054! There was just one blogathon participant today, but I'm not going to pick a whole post because, really, the whole endeavor was just too ambitiously weird for me to sum up: Greg Laden of The X Blog has written an entire novel in a … [Read more...]

SSA Week Day 4: My Picks

SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $61,250 out of a goal of $100,000. (Hmm. Didn't I write yesterday that the total amount was over $65,000? Either it's somehow gone down or, more likely, I wrote it wrong. Ah well.) Here's the cream of the crop from yesterday's blogathon! First up: Chana Messinger, author of The Merely Real (great blog title!). My favorite of … [Read more...]


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