Skepticon 6 is Almost Here!

The free, massive, amazing Skepticon conference in Springfield, Missouri takes place this weekend and there are already upwards of 1,000 registrants!

They’re about to hit their fundraising goal, but if you have the means of donating anything, it’ll just go toward next year’s event. This is one of the few major conferences aimed at those who don’t have the money required to attend the other ones and it’s entirely run by students. Support them any way you can! (***Update***: Skepticon is fully funded for this year, but there’s still next year!)

(On a personal note, while I was scheduled to speak Sunday morning, a personal emergency has come up and I won’t be able to attend. If they invite me back, though, I’ll be there next year!)

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A Group for Young Atheists in New York Helps Them Come Out

Katie J.M. Baker has an excellent article in the latest Newsweek about young New Yorkers who left their faith.

Like Jacob Link, who spent much of his youth in the grasp of his evangelical Christian megachurch… until he began to change his mind:



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Can You Hate Religion but Love Jesus?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: Can you hate religion but love Jesus?:

Incidentally, Jefferson Bethke‘s new book about why Jesus > Religion is now out and he spoke about his paradoxical views in the Washington Post yesterday.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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New Idaho Billboard Promotes Humanist Wedding Celebrants (and Those Who Want to Become One)

The American Humanist Association just launched a new billboard in Moscow, Idaho encouraging people to become non-religious wedding officiants through the (AHA-affiliated) Humanist Institute’s Continuum for Humanist Education:

The billboard reads “Join Your Friends in Holy Matrimony.”

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More Ways to Help the People of the Philippines

As I wrote a few days ago, the Foundation Beyond Belief is asking atheists (and anyone else who would like to join us) to help with the relief efforts by contributing to our Humanist Crisis Response program. 100% of your donations will go to Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, a community-based relief organization in the Philippines.

But that’s not the only way you can help out.



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