Archives for May 2013

AHA California

This weekend I'll be in San Diego for the 72nd annual conference of the American Humanist Association. I'm not speaking at this event. I'm really just there to report and get some interviews on video. I was most excited about meeting Dr Richard Leakey. He and I shared some emails a decade or so ago, but I've never met the man in person. That was my main reason for going. But I just found out that he can't be there. #^@%!  Oh well. There will be plenty of other people there to make the trip worth … [Read more...]

I’m going to grill Ham

It has been reported to me that the following message was emailed to AnswersInGenesis earlier today. Ken HamThis message is to inform you that Houston Atheists, the world's largest atheist community with over 2,100 members, has a challenge for you. We understand that you are scheduled to address the Texas Home School Coalition Convention near Houston on August 1-3, and that you intend to continue your campaign to teach young earth creationism to these children as scientific … [Read more...]

‘Merica’s “downhill slide” is an uphill battle

I finally posted my talk from INR3 on the topic of how 'Religion Reverses Everything'.Thanks to Bill Ligertwood's video production company. I used his footage and mine, and overlapped the audio on both of our mics for a richer sound. I also want to call attention to the video response by Baud2Bits. shares my general view on the alleged 'moral decline in America', and how the … [Read more...]

Apparently, I cheesed off Ken Ham

 I've even gotten comments to the effect of why can I not leave poor Ken Ham alone. All for criticizing his visit to a Texas home school conference to sell people on his supposed advantages of teaching their children Young Earth Creationism over actual science. He responded on his facebook with this challenge... This should make for good publicity for the Texas Homeschool conference I am speaking at August 1-3 this year.It's a good example of how atheists interpret 'Freedom of … [Read more...]

iERA Statement in Light of the Woolwich Attack

Whenever there is some heinous terrorist attack perpetrated by Islamists, non-Muslims ask, "Where are the cries of condemnation from all those moderate Muslims that are supposedly out there?". Well, today I received this notice in my email.The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) would like to issue a statement in the wake of the gruesome attack that took place on the streets of Woolwich yesterday, Wednesday 22nd May 2013.Islam does not condone nor encourage acts of criminality; … [Read more...]

the MARCH of REASON documentary film

I've been interviewed for several documentary films over the last few years, but I never saw any of them. This morning, I see that the Scott Burdick's March of Reason has been made available on YouTube. I've only seen a few minutes of it, but it looks pretty good so far.This one was filmed at the Reason Rally, American Atheists national convention in Bethesda Maryland, and Rock Beyond Belief at Fort Bragg.There’s so much excellent content that must be shared with our atheist and humanist c … [Read more...]

What is becoming of Kamloops

If you're not in England, and someone hears you mention Wimbledon, they're likely to think you're talking about the pinnacle of tennis matches. What else is that city known for on the global scale? The same sort of thing might happen if you're nowhere near Indiana when you bring up Indianapolis. A lot of Europeans might expect that word to be followed by the number 500, because that city is internationally known only for formula one racing. This is how I think it will soon be whenever an atheist … [Read more...]

Is love proof of God above?

Five loving atheist couples, where both partners are atheist activists, will match wits to decide the question once and for all. The couples on the panel include in no particular order JT Eberhard and Michaelyn Everhart (got her name right that time), Matt Dillahunty and Beth Presswood, Shayrah Akers and Daniel Moran, Adam and Amanda Brown, and last but certainly not the least adorable atheist couple Aron Ra and Lilandra(me).The show will start Newlywed Game style with our host David … [Read more...]

Answer to Ken Ham on Homeschooling and Creationists

The Nones will be discussing abuse of Homeschooling by Creationists like Ken Ham as the top speaker at The Texas Homeschool Coalition's Convention Houston this August. He will be hawking AIG's brand of Creationism to families that think that it is right to deny evolution. Yes Creationists do still exist in large numbers especially in Texas. Ham saw my blog about him, and went on his Facebook and encouraged people to bring their kids, so they can hear the "truth of God." We will have Vic Wang of … [Read more...]

Gaslighting -shaming women for emotional reactions and for speaking up.

Before I heard of the word "gaslighting", I had difficulty articulating why I shouldn't be shamed for getting angry or upset at someone else's behavior.  And then I read this article about it...I want to introduce a helpful term to identify these reactions: gaslighting.Gaslighting is a term, often used by mental health professionals (I am not one), to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they’re crazy.The term co … [Read more...]