Christian Responses to the Reason Rally

My Google news alert has been flooded with stories about the Reason Rally this week, and quite a few of them come from religious organizations expressing their own viewpoints about how they saw the Rally and what they thought it was intended to achieve. For reasons of political strategy, it's worth knowing what our opponents are thinking and saying about us, and so I present the following compendium: Dan Delzell, The Christian Post, "Atheist Rally Rejects Reason in Favor of … [Read more...]

Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 3

Read Part 2 here. I've talked about the weather, the crowds, the protesters and the speakers, and I wanted to end up with some overall impressions. One of the things about the Reason Rally that made me happiest was how young and diverse the crowd was. I've been to atheist conventions that were overwhelmingly populated by old white guys, and this was a big step forward. A major part of this, I'm sure, was the enormous student involvement, and it's that more than anything else that makes me … [Read more...]

Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 2

Read Part 1 here. Before I deliver my recap of the speakers at the Reason Rally, I need to give a shout-out to the people who accompanied me for the weekend. On my first day in town, I met up with Rieux, who was a fearless scourge of trolls in Daylight Atheism's early days on Big Think, and who first enlightened me to the prejudice against atheists within Unitarian Universalism that I'm still sorting out. I also met Leah Libresco - transhumanist, virtue ethicist, Bayesian conspirator, and the … [Read more...]

Reason Rally Wrap-Up, Part 1

It's Sunday morning, and I'm writing this on the train from Washington, D.C. back to New York. I'm exhausted, washed out, and my calves are two knots of pain from all the standing and walking I've been doing these past two days. But I feel like a live wire, buzzing with energy and happiness. I'm returning home from the Reason Rally, and it was tremendous. It was everything I had anticipated and more. When the history of the atheist movement is written, this is going to go down as a defining … [Read more...]

Things That Aren’t Said Often Enough

Bloggers like me are faced with an eternal dilemma. When we write something controversial, people who disagree usually let us know loud and clear, and often with creative speculations about our mental state, dubious parentage, and so on. On the other hand, people who agree rarely speak up in similar numbers - and I don't blame them; how many permutations of "I agree" can you write? This means it often transpires that the majority of our feedback comes from the vocally ticked-off minority. After … [Read more...]

The Reason Rally Is Approaching!

Well, this business with the NAP notwithstanding, the Reason Rally is swiftly approaching, and it still promises to be awesome. On March 24, atheists and freethinkers from all across the country - possibly as many as 30,000, by one estimate - will converge on Washington, D.C. to send the message that we're proud to be atheists, that we come from all walks of life, and that we intend to claim our rightful place in the democratic discourse. As I've mentioned earlier, I will of course be in … [Read more...]

Skepticon Wrap-Up: Day 2

Read the recap of Day 1 here.Day 2! I have to admit I missed the first talk of the day by Joe Nickell (see my previous post about goings-on at the gastropub - an early rising just wasn't in the cards). Jen McCreight of Blag Hag led off the morning instead with a talk about how the genome works and what genetic science can and can't do. You can never have too many cat photos in a talk on science.We persevered through some technical … [Read more...]

Skepticon Wrap-Up: Day 1

As promised earlier, here's a full wrap-up of my weekend attending Skepticon IV in Springfield, Missouri. I really have to give tons of credit to the organizers, who not only put together an amazing convention, they did it as a part-time volunteer effort and made it completely free! They're rock stars, and I sincerely hope the atheist movement can find them full-time jobs doing this kind of stuff, because we need people with those sorts of skills. Here are some highlights from the … [Read more...]

Skepticon Impressions: Gelatogate!

I'm back! As you may know, I've spent the last three days in Springfield, Missouri, having a blast at Skepticon IV. The convention was a weekend of great talks that ran the gamut: atheism, skepticism, sex, politics, feminism, math, science. There was no overarching theme at all, and I think it was better for being eclectic: since there was very little overlap, each and every talk offered something new and different. Best of all, I got to get together with some of my atheist blogger friends whom … [Read more...]

See You At Skepticon!

As I mentioned earlier, I'll be at Skepticon IV this weekend in Springfield, Missouri, and I'm eagerly looking forward to it. Given the sheer number of fantastic speakers, we're at serious risk of overwhelming the laws of physics and collapsing the fabric of reality into a singularity of skeptical awesomeness. There's going to be a meetup for atheist and skeptic bloggers Saturday night at 9:30, at the Farmers' Gastropub, and I definitely plan on attending. If you're also going to be there, come … [Read more...]


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