Archives for April 2013

Oh THAT guy?! Nevermind, not in our town.

A couple months ago, I got an invitation to participate in what would have been my first ever face-to-face moderated debate before a live audience.  I didn't get all the details, so I'm speculating a bit. I think the idea started with a high school debate team wanting to pit theism vs atheism, and someone decided to tap me. Rather than pressing me for pointers, they decided to have me come on down and do it myself. That's how I think this got started.Well if I'm coming to their school to … [Read more...]

Tips on Evangelizing Evolution from Aron Ra

Ray Comfort noticed that a lot of atheists visited his Facebook page, and it occurred to him that he could train other Christians to witness to the "unsaved"."The average Christian can't stand on a soapbox at a university and preach, but he or she can now engage the unsaved and have their comment read by multiple people, all from the comfort of their own home. It means that a stay-at-home mom can reach out to the lost during a break from the kids. It means that those who are busy at work can … [Read more...]

Inappropriate invocations of the Rowlett City Council

A few weeks ago, me and several other atheists attended a meeting of the Rowlett Texas City Council. They decided they were going to hold a public display of their Christian religious beliefs at the commencement of every meeting, posted on their agenda, and that they weren't going to correct this practice regardless of the law or community response. That night the community's response was exclusively secular, and representative of at least 1/3 of their constituency.We tried to reason with … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Genesis

On 2013/04/11, I gave a lecture to the Secular Student Alliance of UNT Denton. It focused on certain details in Biblical fables and how they were apparently inspired by similar elements in previous polytheism. the camera angle. There was nowhere else to set the camera in that crowded classroom, and I used what may have been the only available outlet in the room. … [Read more...]

Camp Quest Texas

I have been crazy busy lately, but I can't put this off any longer.  How can I possibly compete with David Smalley of Dogma Debate and Matt Dillahunty of the Atheist Experience? One guy is a publisher with a professional podcast, and the other guy is a leader in the atheist community with his own TV show.  I'm just this guy, you know. So what can I do?OK, so we're all trying to win this race to raise $5,000.00 for Camp Quest Texas, to give secular kids a fun science exploration summer c … [Read more...]

Regarding Madalyn Murray O’Hair

I find that I often have to explain the importance of removing prayer from public school. … [Read more...]

The Trouble with Religious Bullies

Sometimes it must be hard for religious bullies to punch down as hard as they would like to on despised minorities like nonbelievers and LGBT especially when they're asked to stop.  It seems no matter how politely you phrase it; the mere act of the mildest resistance to their authority is met with denials, outright fabrications, back peddling, character assassination, and even counter-accusations rather than a decent apology and an attempt to make amends.I won't go into the shenanigans Aron … [Read more...]

Another bill to protect creationism

It never stops in Texas.  Now Wednesday April 17th, the Texas state legislature will hold a hearing "relating to prohibiting discrimination by public institutions of higher education against faculty members and students based on their conduct of research relating to intelligent design."  What's that mean?  Well, I'm not sure, but I would guess that it means that we can't prosecute teachers for lying to their students with regard to evolution vs creationist pseudoscience. It can't work the other w … [Read more...]

Fight HIV with Dogma Debate and Aron

Madness, Mayhem, and Charity with Dogma Debate will ensue in 45 minutes at 7:00PM central. Aron may drop in too to multiply the madness and mayhem. would be worth donating to see them do or stop doing? All to help fight HIV.International Aids Vaccine Initiative HIV AIDS Alliance Auction Page … [Read more...]

Talkin’ Politics at NAPCon don’t usually like to talk about politics because it is largely a matter of opinion, and I prefer to deal in matters of fact.  As an activist in the atheist community, I have noticed that people are usually happy to hear me talk about science, even though scientists are, well they have low tolerance for fools, and can be brutal judges.  So you’d better not get anything wrong!  Folks are generally happy to hear me talk about religion too.  Even the r … [Read more...]