Shades of Black Atheism #14: CEO of Affinis Apparel, Robert Peoples

Robert Peoples is the CEO of Affinis Apparel (pronounced uh-FIN-is) — a clothing company promoting human rights and freethinking through urban indie fashion. Undoubtedly, Robert has been an atheist for more than half of his life, an aspect he concealed from family and friends until recent years. His childhood rearing was geared toward a Christian (specifically Baptist) upbringing in central New Jersey. Although Robert’s mother was involved in the church, her perspective was not a fundamentalist position. Like his mother, Robert believed during his adolescent years that Jesus Christ was his Lord and personal savior and did not condemn others for possessing alternative views about “God.” Robert remembers saying as an adolescent: “I know what the preacher says about homosexuality [and other worldviews], but some of my closest friends are lesbian, gay, Muslim, and atheist, and guess what? They are human beings with love just like me.”

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Oklahoma Freethought Convention 2013 Will Take Place in June

The Oklahoma Freethought Convention is taking place on June 22nd at the Cox Convention Center and if you’re able to attend, you’re probably going to sign up after you watch The Thinking Atheist‘s promo video:

An event like this takes a lot of time, effort, and money to run smoothly, so if you’d like to donate something to help defray the organizers’ costs, you can do that here.

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ESPN’s Chris Broussard: Being Gay is ‘An Open Rebellion to God’

Earlier today, ESPN The Magazine writer Chris Broussard went on air to talk about NBA player Jason Collins‘ announcing that he’s gay and he made a fool of himself by talking about how he’s a Christian and therefore against it:

Love the last line from LZ Granderson :)

The statement from Broussard wasn’t surprising, though…

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How Can Atheists Make a Real Difference in Our Society?

In March of last year, I had the privilege of speaking at the Reason Rally in Washington, DC in front of approximately 20,000 people. In ten years of being a part of this movement, it was the most memorable event I’ve ever been a part of. My speech from that event is reprinted in the current issue of American Atheist magazine, so I wanted to share the spread and post a transcript of my talk below:

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Guess Who Won the ‘Charles Darwin’ Award from the Tribeca Film Festival?

Daniel Dennett once called evolution the “single best idea anyone has ever had.” It was so revolutionary in what it explained and how simply it could explain it that Charles Darwin’s legacy was cemented the moment his name became synonymous with the idea.

Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival awards people who have similarly pushed the boundaries in their respective fields — what they call “disruptive innovation.” And this year, the Charles Darwin prize went to… Glenn Beck:

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