About Aron Ra

El Paso Atheists

Atheist Alliance of America is establishing network connections with El Paso Atheists: seen here at their usual gathering place, a Unitarian Universalist Church on Byron Street. It's a charming location, but it still seems paradoxical for me to give anti-sermons in any sort of church setting.I'm interested in uniting unbelievers wherever I go, if I can, and El Paso is way away from everyone else in our community. So I want to give them a shout out. … [Read more...]

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How many atheists are there in the US, really?

After being elected president of Atheist Alliance of America, the first thing I wanted to do was to find out just how many allies we really have.According to a Pew poll in 2014, only 3.1% of Americans identified as atheists while another 4% identified as agnostic. Agnostic is a word that means "atheist in denial". If you think agnostic means that you don't know, then you don't know that you're an atheist.Yes it’s impossible for anyone to actually know anything about the supernatural, b … [Read more...]

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Satanic Panic and Exorcism in Schools?

I was quoted in an article on Vice talking about exorcism. That article talks about how there are only a limited number of Catholic priests in the International Association of Exorcists who are approved and authorized by the church to chant the official incantation that will expel demons. Try to ignore for the moment that there is an international association of people who pretend to do this, and that they're taken seriously and even trained and authorized by the single most popular and … [Read more...]

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Documenting the Exodus from black churches

When I went to DragonCon, I didn't care about all the comic book stuff or who played the voice for some video game I don't play or TV show I've never heard of. I know, since I stopped watching TV around Y2K, I've really fallen out of the loop as far as pop culture goes. I was at DragonCon for the SkepticTrak, a lecture hall dedicated to atheism, skepticism, critical thinking and so on. I enjoyed every presentation I saw there. One of them piqued my curiosity. Mandisa Thomas, President of Black … [Read more...]

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Sponsored links for creationism

I looked up my book on Amazon.co.UK, and noticed these "sponsored links".Do you see this shit? How should I respond to those links? "Is evolution just a theory?" That's the 15th foundational falsehood of creationism. If you think evolution is "just" a theory, then you don't know what a theory is. "You can prove creation." No, you fucking can't, but we can all DISprove creationism and that's already been done again and again and again, many times many ways. Get my book and look up the … [Read more...]

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The TIES evolution education program

On the latest episode of the Ra-Men podcast, we interviewed Bertha Vazquez, Director if the TIES program (Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science), which is an educational program supported by the Richard Dawkins foundation, through which Bertha and other members of TIES give middle-school teachers the background they’ll need to teach evolution in an effective and engaging manner.Previously we had spoken to Richard Dawkins and Robyn Blumner about our own classroom supplement supplement s … [Read more...]

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The New Texas State Director of American Atheists

When I was elected president of Atheist Alliance of America, I had to resign my previous position, creating a vacancy: one that will be filled by a much more accomplished activist than me. She is the executive director of South Texas Atheists for Reason, the founder of Atheists Helping the Homeless of San Antonio, the director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and acts as a Humanist chaplain at Lackland Air Force Base -where she draws several hundred recruits to her weekly services. … [Read more...]

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Noah’s Farce

After I finished the Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism video series, I considered doing another related series on the Noachian flood. I wanted to do separate episodes showing how meteorology disproves the flood, (by which I mean physics, really.) how geology disproves the flood, and how archaeology, anthropology zoology, and even mythology disprove the flood. I opted not to do that series years ago, because I didn't think it necessary anymore, that enough people understood by now that the … [Read more...]

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Senationalizing Science

My presentation to the Secular Hub in Denver Colorado was my first speech as president of Atheist Alliance of America and my last opportunity to talk about politics before the election, which I felt compelled to do. So although the topic was supposed to be a comparison of science and sensationalism, it was blended with these other two topics as well. … [Read more...]

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Pence the Dence

On July 11th 2002, Mike Pence, then representing Indiana's 6th congressional district, testified before the House of Representatives that public schools should teach the theory of evolution as if it were only one of multiple hypotheses regarding the origins of species. Now that Trump the Chump has chosen Pence the Dense as his vice presidential running mate, I felt obliged to address (now-Governor) Pence's willful ignorance and misrepresentation of evolution.I'm actually frustrated with … [Read more...]

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