How My Colon Relates to Privilege, Humanism and Social Justice

On Monday, I had my first colonoscopy. To say it wasn't a pleasant experience is an understatement (the prep was far worse than the actual procedure). Not only did I have to drink some of most vile stuff in existence, I also had to not eat anything for 24 hours. By the time the procedure was done, I was famished and the first thing I did was get something to eat. So what does that have to do with privilege and social justice? … [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief Raising Funds for Tornado Victims

As I'm sure you've heard, and a few of you even lived through, a terrible string of tornadoes hit Texas a few days ago, leaving many people without homes and supplies to survive. Foundation Beyond Belief is raising funds to help local secular groups help local residents. This is not a full-scale Humanist Crisis Response drive, but 100% of the funds donated will go to local groups on the ground helping out. David Smalley and Brandy Madden of Dogma Debate and Secular Media Group are also taking … [Read more...]

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...]