Exceeded expectations thanks to FTBCon3

Although, some of the audience wasn't sure what to expect, The Secular Asian Community panel was well received. It is now posted on youtube. Despite large numbers of Asians in Asia and non-Asian countries, we have yet to see an offline conference that addressed Asian issues both South and East Asian. So we took the opportunity that FTBCon offered us to take the initiative, and add our voices to the freethought community.We were missing some of our past South Asian panelists like Hemant … [Read more...]

Breaking Love and Reproductive Rights Out of the Christian Frame

I have been pleasantly surprised that the youtube comments on my speech on The Heart of Humanism at The Southern California Secular Humanism Conference are mainly addressing the topic.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oJB0bH_1EQEspecially because I addressed how secularists need to examine where their beliefs about love in particular may be influenced by Christian culture such as ideas about purity. I used a rather pointed example by looking at the Secular Pro-Life Movement. Their … [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...]

The Foundational Oft-Repeated Fallacies of Sexism Deniers

9/11 Truthers, Moon Landing Deniers,  Holocaust Deniers, Evolution Deniers, Creationism... It seems controversial ideas are polarizing and can generate extreme views.  Some ideas like the fact that the Earth is spheroid can even generate full-blown conspiracy theories. In fact, there once was a history teacher at my high school that was a flat-earther. This happened during the late 1980's well after the moon landings. Any picture of the Earth in science and history textbooks pictured it as sp … [Read more...]

Reason on The Rock

Reason in the Rock [Little Rock] was well-planned and played well.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxP0fiuDnHMKudos to the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason. … [Read more...]