Help Keep Reason Fest Free

April 4-5 I'll be speaking at Reason Fest in Lawrence, Kansas, an event that is free for attendees. They're about $1500 short of the entire budget needed to keep it free, so if you have a few extra bucks please toss some their way. And if you're anywhere near there, you should come. I'm going to be doing some stand up comedy on Friday night, then giving a talk on Saturday. Darrell Ray, Dan Barker and many other great people will also be speaking. It's gonna be a blast. … [Read more...]

School Blackmails Parent Over SSA Club

The story of the SSA club at Pigsah High School in North Carolina just gets worse by the day. First they refused to let the club form, then they approved it, then the young lady who was trying to get it started withdrew due to death threats and intimidation. Hemant reports on what else the school did to scuttle the club: … [Read more...]

Another Immigrant Denied for Religious Reasons

Remember the case of Margaret Doughty, the woman initially denied U.S. citizenship because her reasons for not pledging to defend the country were secular rather than religious? Now we have an identical case and the American Humanist Association is once again intervening on her behalf: … [Read more...]

CPAC Yanks American Atheists’ Booth

American Atheists had an agreement with the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for a table at the event, but the conference decided at the last minute to renege on that agreement because, they disingenuously claim, they didn't like the "tone" of a press release AA put out about it. … [Read more...]

Is America on Verge of Secular Tipping Point?

We're all familiar with the survey data that shows that more Americans are secular-minded (not necessarily atheist) than ever before. But Peter Foster writes in the Telegraph that the trend toward secularization may be going faster than we think and that we may be on the verge of a major shift akin to what has happened with support for same-sex marriage. … [Read more...]

Stop Calling Religion a Mental Illness

Chris Stedman has a column in which he lists five reasons atheists should not call religion a mental illness. He quotes quite a bit from FTB's own Miri Mogilevsky and I agree with both of them and I wish that people would stop saying this. … [Read more...]

NC School Tries to Block SSA Club

Here's yet another example of a clueless school administration that doesn't know the law and wants to prevent students from forming a secular club, this time in Waynesville, North Carolina. The assistant principal is refusing to let a student form an SSA club, in direct contravention of well-established law. … [Read more...]

Being an Atheist in Blacksburg, Virginia

The Telegraph has an article about a student atheist group at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, which includes my friend Dan Linford. Part of the article focuses on the difficulty many of them face in hiding their atheism from their families and potential employers. … [Read more...]

FTBCon 2: Electric Boogaloo

It's time for FtBConscience 2: Electric Boogaloo, the second installment of the entirely online atheist conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. I won't be hosting a panel this year or really be involved much at all because I'm just too busy at the moment with projects and deadlines, but I will be kicking off the opening session. Dale McGowan will be giving a talk at that opening session as well, which will be at 6 pm EST on Friday, January 31. In addition to most of the FTB bloggers, other featured speakers … [Read more...]

No, Atheist ‘Churches’ Aren’t Making Us Look Ridiculous

I saw this article by Drew Miller, entitled "Why 'Atheist Churches' Are Making Us Atheists Look Ridiculous," and rolled my eyes at it. I was going to write a full response to it, but Rebecca Watson already said a fair amount of what I would have said. The original article asks several questions that pretend to be deep but are really just silly. … [Read more...]

A Schism in ‘Satanism’

Oh boy. As if the whole controversy over a satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol wasn't already ridiculous enough, now we have a schism between the Satanic Temple, which proposed the monument, and the Church of Satan, which really doesn't like the one they came up with. … [Read more...]

Atheists and Bad Fathers. Again.

I've written before about Paul Vitz and his ridiculous argument that we become atheists because we have bad relationships with our fathers. It's the kind of thing that should cause nothing but laughter for his freshman-psych level of armchair analysis. Kimberly Winston has an article in the Washington Post about it. … [Read more...]