Ani DiFranco and white feminist gate-keeping to the point of absurdity.

Of course many white feminists get that advocating for gender equality is valueless if you don't include equality for people of color too. Supporting women of color is a no brainer. Then there are a few with blind spots, who ostensibly get this idea, but then in practice fail to question their own internalized racist ideas.This is Ani DiFranco, singer, poet, equal rights activist, and to some feminist icon in words on economic and gender equality...If you’re not angryyou’re just stu … [Read more...]

Both parts of my time on the Blind Faith Virus Vaccine Show

I can now show both parts of the discussion between myself (representing atheism) Dr. Ann Gleig from Liverpool (representing Buddhism) and Pastor Joey Jernigan of Liberty University (representing fundamentalist Christian creationism).  The host, Mark Gura is moderating.  It was recorded in October and aired on Atlanta Georgia's local access television channels in two parts, last month (November) and this weekend. II (below) will be shown at 7 … [Read more...]

A Good Question

Let me start by saying you have the right to not believe in any God.  As I have the right to believe there is a God. Then we divide. I want you to peacefully be able to not believe and I want all others to have the same opportunity as well . My question to you is, Why does there seem to be a need to stop others from sharing their beliefs? Do the Atheists believe they are saving people from something?  Please take a moment and help me to understand your view.Understand that I also allow that y … [Read more...]

I’m eighty-eight!

It's time to thank my subscribers, all 92,929 of them.  I have just become aware that my YouTube channel is listed as one of their Top 100 Most Subscribed News & Politics Channels.  Ain't that nice?  Of course I'm way behind Alex Jones, who is so high on that list as to be statistically scary.  The Amazing Atheist is way behind him, with "only" half a million subs or so!  Even Pat Condell still has more than twice as many as I do.  There are a lot of people above me in that list, but at least … [Read more...]

Back to the book

It looks like the Canadian tour has been postponed, and I had to cancel the trip to Minnesota for personnel reasons. (That's not a typo)  So Skepticon was last presentation of 2013.  I've only been on 21 airplanes this year.  Compared to 33 last year!  But to be fair, I think I drove to most of this year's events.Anyway, it's weird but after more than two years of giving at least one presentation every single month, I find myself without any confirmed dates on my horizon.  So I'm taking that … [Read more...]

Reaching the choir

Much discussion has focused on bringing women and minority groups into the secular fold.  Considering the gender gap in secular communities (these numbers are from America) this is a laudable goal.  Conversely, in religious communities there is an inverse relationship in the ratios of women and ethnic minorities. From Protestant communities where there are 8 percent more women than men to Jehovah's Witnesses and Historically Black Churches where there are 20 percent more women than men. There is … [Read more...]

My conversation with Bob Dutko

For a long time, my contact with the Bob Dutko show told me there was no link I could share for that show.  Someone has finally provided one.  So thanks for that. … [Read more...]

Proof that Hellenism is the true religion

So it seems that scuba-diving archaeologists were looking for remains of Napoleon's defeat at the hands of Lord Nelson, when they accidentally discovered the sunken city of Heracleion instead.  This was the Egyptian city where Herodotus said that Helen had fled with her Trojan love, Paris.OK so maybe it's no quite proof of the truth of the Hellenist religion, but if the city were called Sodom instead, you know that Jews and Christians would be calling that proof of their god(s).Some of … [Read more...]

The Blind Faith Virus Vaccine

On a Saturday evening on the 16th of November, predominantly Southern Baptist television viewers in Atlanta Georgia got to see a pair of Buddhists trying to direct an argument with me juxtaposed against a Biblical literalist from Liberty University. That was great fun!www.BlindFaithVirusVaccine.TVThe host, Mark Gura described himself as a spiritual non-theist, and he invited Dr. Ann Gleig, a Liverpudlian Professor of Indian religions, to defend his position in this triad of perspectives. … [Read more...]

The re-recording of my Skepticon speech

I thought I was getting over my laryngitis in time for my presentation at Skepticon, but as I approached the mic, my voice gave out again.  There I was on stage in a Civic Center, doing an impression of Vin Deisel playing the Iron Giant.  I talked for 45 minutes like that.  I didn't have a choice.  But I wasn't going to upload that video.  There were other issues too, video segments that wouldn't play and so on.  So once I got my voice back, I recorded the speech as a voice-over narration in the … [Read more...]