Accepting the 2011 Freethought Backbone Award

At the 2011 Secular Student Alliance conference, I was fortunate enough to receive the Freethought Backbone Award. Since the video is now online, I thought I’d repost the transcript of my speech — though I’m sure there’s some difference between what’s written below and what I actually said: Thank you, Secular Student Alliance. Previous recipients [Read More...]

I Don’t Remember Reading This in my Black History Class…

It’s a short, potentially-surprising piece called “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, the famed writer and activist from the Harlem Renaissance: I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved. It happened like this. There was a big revival at my Auntie Reed’s church. Every night for weeks there had been [Read More...]

Which Atheist Groups Can You Donate to via the Combined Federal Campaign?

What’s the Combined Federal Campaign? Here’s Wikipedia: The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a program allowing certain charitable organizations to solicit contributions from employees of the Federal Government of the United States. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing [Read More...]

Vote for the 2011 Bad Faith Award

The Bad Faith Award is given out by New Humanist magazine and it goes to “the person who has made the year’s most outstanding contribution to talking unadulterated (and often destructive) nonsense about matters of religion.” Voting is now open for this year’s contest! Nominees include: Melanie Phillips Anjem Choudary Rick Perry Nadine Dorries Michele [Read More...]

California Governor Refuses To Issue Freethought Day Proclamation

Sacramento Freethought Day will be celebrated in California this Sunday and, just as they’ve done in the past, organizers asked the Mayor’s Office and Governor’s Office to issue a Proclamation marking “Freethought Day.” This is last year’s proclamation, signed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a similar proclamation last year. For some [Read More...]