You’re Holding a What? You’re Holding it When?!

Dear Victory Family Church in Belleville, Illinois, I have some advice for you. (Yes, I’m an atheist, and no, I don’t expect you to listen. But I’ll say it anyway.) When you’re planning an event, don’t call it a “Crusade.” That word is steeped in negative religious connotations and you don’t want to be associated [Read More…]

So I Got Ahold of Jerry Buell’s Syllabus…

Jerry Buell is the teacher who was reassigned out of the classroom because of anti-gay messages he posted on his private Facebook wall (though he was “Facebook friends” with current students, which is just shady…). Even though he’s now back in the classroom, the evidence shows that Buell had no problem talking about his faith [Read More…]

College Atheist Group Members Allow Students To ‘Stone’ Them for Charity

I love when college groups find a way to combine both fundraising and consciousness-raising. For the second straight year, members of the Pastafarians at the University of South Carolina held a fundraiser on campus by allowing students the chance to throw water balloons at them — “stone” them — for $1. They called it “Stone-a-Heathen” [Read More…]

My Interview on The Humanist Hour Is Now Available

I was recently interviewed by Todd Stiefel and Jes Constantine of The Humanist Hour (the American Humanist Association’s podcast) and the episode is now available online: The discussion revolved around atheist activism, math education, and public speaking (during which I gave Todd a brief lesson in effective communication) If you get a chance to hear [Read More…]

A Fantastic Article About Atheists in Arkansas

Doug Smith wrote a cover story about local atheists for the Arkansas Times. He did his homework, too — it’s one of the most in-depth pieces you’ll ever read about Secular Americans in a mainstream publication: It’s said there are no atheists in foxholes, and that’s baloney, according to a military man we’ll call “Brad.” [Read More…]