A Skeptic in Twilight

There’s a nice profile of Paul Kurtz, who founded the Center For Inquiry, by Jay Tokasz of The Buffalo News. They focus on his legacy, which includes the more recent rift with the organization he founded: Kurtz appreciates the no-punches-pulled approach of writers such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, firebrands of what has been [Read More...]

Who’s to Blame for Iran’s Earthquake? Women

Who knew Pat Robertson had an Iranian clone? Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, Tehran’s “acting Friday prayer leader,” is giving Robertson a run for his money. After hearing predictions that an earthquake could hit Iran soon, Sedighi explained why that would be happening: “Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their [Read More...]

Speaking in Los Angeles This Friday Night

This Friday night, I’ll be speaking at UCLA for the Bruin Alliance of Skeptics and Secularists (BASS)! According to a statistic I just made up, 94% of all atheists live close to Los Angeles, so you all better come. Bonus: Richard Wade will be there! Double bonus: My sister is also coming (from Arizona). And [Read More...]

Accurate Posters for Pro-Lifers

You’ve probably seen this type of poster/billboard coming from the pro-life movement: PZ Myers says that information may be true — the “non-functional primordia of those organs” exist at 28 days — but the picture is misleading. If they wanted to be accurate, the poster would look more like this: All of their billboards are [Read More...]

My Night at Moody Church

Saturday night, I visited the Moody Church (a typically conservative place) in downtown Chicago to participate in a dialogue with members of a youth group there known as The Venue. This is the third in a series of events where they invite people to speak to them about communities that Christians don’t have a great [Read More...]