Camp Quest Is Coming to Mississippi!

If you know anything about camps in the region of the country where I live, you know that they’re almost uniformly religious in nature. Even the ones which conceal their religious affiliations tend to recruit from among the devout from whichever tradition the directors inhabit…which is fine, if that’s what you’re looking for. But what [Read More…]

Oh, Say, Can You See?

There is a kind of fatalism in the Bible which views political events as divinely ordained, teaching people to accept whoever is in authority without question. This should come as no surprise to us once we remember this book was written at a time when kings and emperors ruled the world, long before democracy came [Read More…]

Why God Keeps Showing Up in Public Schools (Video)

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of speaking at the second annual Secular Summit held by the Secular Coalition of Arizona (video below). I mentioned them before at the end of another post, but they deserve several more mentions. The Importance of Organized Secularism It can be really difficult organizing secularists. In [Read More…]

Sexual Harassment and the Secular Movement

Have you ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted sexual advance? Did it in some way happen within the secular/atheist movement, either in an online group or at a conference or special event? Would you know what to do about it in the event that you became a victim of sexual assault? I [Read More…]

Coming to Terms with a Donald Trump Presidency

If you were able to go to sleep last night, you woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States, an outcome that ran contrary to the prognostications of virtually everyone who makes a living tracking the contours of the American electorate. Along with an [Read More…]

Come See Me at Skepticon 9 (Nov. 11-13)

If you happen to be within traveling distance of Springfield, MO the second weekend in November, I’ll be presenting a workshop at Skepticon 9 on the afternoon of Friday the 11th at 4pm. My topic? “Nonversations: How NOT to Talk to Very Religious People” If you’ve been following some of the ongoing discussion about how to [Read More…]

Skeptrack Panel Discussion: Firebrands vs. Diplomats (Video)

This past Labor Day weekend, I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion at Dragon*Con in Atlanta between proponents of a more confrontational (a.k.a. “firebrand”) approach to atheism and those of us who take a more conversational one (a.k.a. “dipolomats”). I wrote out my own thoughts about that discussion a few days later: [Read More…]

The Diplomats and Firebrands Can Be Friends

This past weekend I got to be on a panel in the Skeptrack segment at Dragon*Con in Atlanta to debate the merits of varying approaches to atheist activism in the United States. On one end of the table, there were four guys from the board of the Atheist Alliance of America representing the “firebrand” approach which [Read More…]

Still Removing the Fig Leaf

A few nights ago after I had imbibed entirely too much caffeine too late in the day, I found myself up in the wee hours of the morning reading Facebook threads. One particular thread I stumbled upon was discussing People Who Behave Badly Online, also known as cyber bullies. At one point in the thread, a [Read More…]

Why Some People Can’t See Racism

The last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult for a number of people, myself included. To begin with, we had already gotten this year off to a tumultuous start by kicking off the most improbable presidential primary season in recent memory. One party’s primary was won by a narcissistic con artist with zero experience in public service, a person [Read More…]