Bringing a Speaker to Your Event? Check This List

Ted Cox put together a checklist for Secular Student Alliance groups that invite speakers to their school (but the list applies to any group, really). As someone who’s been to places where some of these items were, um, not followed, I agree wholeheartedly: 6) Pick the right room. Sure, we speakers would love to address [Read More…]

Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife

Joanne Hanks used to be a Mormon as well as one of many wives serving her husband. But she got the hell out of that lifestyle. (Hallelujah!) She tells her story in a new book called “It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass. The first chapter (with possibly NSFW depictions) is below, as is your [Read More…]

Wanna Do Research on the Afterlife? Here, Have $5,000,000

I’m gonna save the Templeton Foundation and Professor John Martin Fischer a lot of time and money: There’s no evidence of an afterlife and no amount of research is going to change that. They won’t listen to me, of course, which is why Fischer just received a $5,000,000 grant (over three years) to study the [Read More…]

Chick-fil-A ‘Drive-Thru Bully’ Publicly Apologizes

Adam Smith, the man who made news late this week for going through a Chick-fil-A drive-thru and chewing out the employee who gave him free water for working for a company owned by a bigot, has just released a video statement of his own. In it, he apologizes to Rachel, the person who served him. [Read More…]

Tennessee School Officials Post Ten Commandments in County Schools

The school officials in Jamestown, Tennessee have a problem. Actually, they *had* a problem. Then they fixed the problem. Then they decided they didn’t like the solution so they screwed everything up again. I’ll back up. Pine Haven Elementary school used to display the Ten Commandments everywhere: “As far as I know, there was one [Read More…]