I’ll hand it to Amos Yee Pang Sang. The teenage YouTuber has some entertaining videos:
How might life have started on Earth?
How do you teach children about Hell?
If you’re evangelist C. Matthew McMahon, you just scare the shit out of them by introducing the concept of eternal damnation at the age of 5 with your new children’s book:
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the FFRF-sponsored Lake Hypatia Freethought Advance (because atheists don’t “retreat,” dammit) in Talladega, Alabama. Between the softball game (atheists vs. Agnostics), picnic-like atmosphere, great talks, and moment of bedlam (because we need to stop being silent), it was a fantastic weekend.
So I’m sad to hear that, due to some personal matters, the organizers needed some time off this year — though they will hopefully be back in 2016. But the Rationalists of East Tennessee will be hosting an alternative event in its place with FFRF’s (secular) blessing.
It’ll take place in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Townsend, TN on Fourth of July weekend.
We learned early this morning that blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death with machetes as he walked to work:
While there’s a lot we don’t know, one piece of information that has come out since his death is that Das had been invited to Stockholm by the Swedish branch of PEN (the same group that recently gave a Courage award to Charlie Hebdo).