It’s Time for Us to Help Sarah Morehead

If you don't know Sarah Morehead, I wish you did. No one has worked more tirelessly to support people in the atheist community through a variety of projects, all on a volunteer basis. She is simply one of the very best people I know. And I don't know how much of this has been made public up to this point, but a couple months ago she found out that her husband had been molesting at least one of their children. And now she needs our help. … [Read more...]

CFI Helps Launch the Know Your Neighbor Project

There was quite an incredible meeting at the White House last week, a summit of sorts of representatives from all the major religions that came together to talk about religious pluralism and launch the Know Your Neighbor project. This project encourages Americans to get to know people of other faiths, and of no faith. My friend Michael De Dora was there to represent the Center for Inquiry and the broader atheist/humanist community. The Catholic News Agency has a well-done report on the event: … [Read more...]

Secular Social Justice Conference Only Six Weeks Away

This year's Secular Social Justice conference will take place at Rice University in Houston, Texas on Jan. 30-31 and it features some tremendous speakers. On the roster are people like Alix Jules, Soraya Chemaly, Heina Dadabhoy, Sincere Kirabo, Anthony Pinn, Sikivu Hutchinson, Monica Miller, Debbie Goddard, and many others. The cost is a ridiculously good $40 ($25 for students). If you can make it to Houston, I would strongly recommend going. … [Read more...]

Interview With Conor Robinson of the Humanist Service Corps

If you don't know who Conor Robinson is, you should. He is the extraordinary young activist who created the Humanist Service Corps. After graduating from Yale, he decided that he didn't just want to go out and get a job, he wanted to do something to change people's lives. He created the Humanist Service Corps, with the help of the Foundation Beyond Belief, and is currently in Ghana with the first class of the HSC working in the witch camps there. This is an interview I did with him: … [Read more...]

All the Ways You Can Help Foundation Beyond Belief Right Now

Today is Giving Tuesday and the wonderful folks at Be Secular, Mark and Shanon Nebo, have put together an auction fundraiser for the Foundation Beyond Belief, the largest and most important humanist service organization in the country. I know you get a lot of fundraising appeals at the end of the year, but if you are in a position to support FBB I strongly encourage you to do so. Here are the ways you can do it: … [Read more...]

What Atheists are Thankful For

Vyckie Garrison asked a whole bunch of us atheist folk to write up a brief few sentences about what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving for an article she wanted to publish on it. A lot of people responded, including me. I'm one of those people that really loves the holidays because, for me, they're all about getting together with family and friends. Here was my response: … [Read more...]

CFI Takes Strong Stand for Accepting Syrian Refugees

As a board member of a Center for Inquiry affiliate, I am very pleased to see CFI headquarters issuing a very strong statement about the importance of not allowing fear and hatred to stop us from offering shelter to refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. Here is their full statement on the matter, which is very well written, presumably by Paul Fidalgo: … [Read more...]

Double Your Donation to the Foundation Beyond Belief

The Foundation Beyond Belief is launching its end-of-year fundraising drive and has secured a $20,000 matching grant, so if you contribute your donation will actually be doubled. But there's more to it than that. The #HumanistsCare 2015 fund drive includes some awesome prizes. For instance, they're selling me for a mere $10,000! Okay, you don't get to keep me, but I'll come and speak to your group free of charge for a measly $10,000 donation. Here's a video about what FBB does and how the … [Read more...]

Seth Andrews and Nate Phelps Made Me Cry

Seth Andrews has put together a video about the history of religion teaching us to hate one another. It's narrated by Nate Phelps, who knows more than just a little about the subject. It's a very powerful video that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to two of my favorite voices in this movement for putting it together. … [Read more...]

Brave High Schooler Tells His Story

Earlier this year, the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Pioneer Award was awarded to Isaiah Smith. You probably don't remember the name, but you may well remember the incident in which he ripped up a Bible and carried it around his high school in Dallas to make a point about anti-gay bullying and harassment from Christians students there. In The Humanist, he tells his story: … [Read more...]

NY Times Does Mini-documentary About Jerry Dewitt

If you've never met Jerry DeWitt, you should really rectify that. He's an absolutely delightful guy, charming and funny and possessed of more energy than I would have after drinking 10 Red Bull and crack cocaine cocktails. The New York Times did a little mini-documentary about him, which I'll post below the fold. And if you get a chance to hear him speak -- err, preach -- as he travels the country, I strongly urge you to take it. … [Read more...]

We Are Atheism and the Audit That Wasn’t

A week or so ago I emailed Hemant to ask him if he had heard anything about the promised audit of the group We Are Atheism after it was revealed back in March that Amanda Brown, the founder of the group, had at the very least been utterly incompetent in keeping the books and, at worst, had been embezzling money from the organization to the tune of $20-30,000 missing and unaccounted for. He told me did have more information and was just crossing the Ts and dotting the Is before going public with … [Read more...]