My Talk at Skepchicamp 2010

Back in March, Skepchicamp 2010 happened in Chicago. A whole bunch of local skeptics spoke for about 20 minutes each on a subject of their choice. It was an awesome event and I’m sure it’ll happen again next year. I decided to talk about the time last summer when a conservative “family” group outed me [Read More...]

Not Your Ordinary Cap and Gown

This past weekend, my Muslim friend graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Her facebook album revealed that the commencement ceremony was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. One would assume Jesus looked down with a special disapproval at this particular graduation — as Jesus [Read More...]

Off to San Jose

For the next few days, I’ll be visiting San Jose for the American Humanist Association’s annual conference. (On Sunday morning, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on the topic: “Where’s Critical Thinking in Our Public Schools?”) Not sure what Internet access will be like there, so I’ll assume there’s none. If you’re there, please [Read More...]

Westboro Baptist Church Got it Right…?

I know Fred Phelps‘ Westboro Baptist Church says a lot of crazy shit about gay people, but for once, they actually got something right about you and me. (Obviously, I’m not referring to the “Fags are Beasts” sign.) Is that a prediction or a command? Too late, in either case… How did they know!? (Thanks [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Lying to Grandparents for Atheist Father

Dear Richard, My entire immediate family, from my parents down to my eight-year-old sister, is completely atheist. However my dad’s family are deeply Catholic, and ever since I was a child we’ve been pretending we are as well, to the point of actually attending church occasionally so we could lie convincingly and not trip ourselves [Read More...]