Debate: Is Darwinian Evolution a Fact?

I recently posted that a Muslim apologist named Subboor Ahmad challenged me to debate him at an Islamic convention in Houston. I was told that this was a big budget conference, and that they would take care of everything. I just needed to show up and get learned on all the same-old pseudoscientific excuses I've refuted from Christians regularly for the last twenty years.I couldn't resist. Having the opportunity to prove my point before a few hundred Muslims at the Texas Dawah Convention was … [Read more...]

24 hour marathon benefiting Camp Quest

Dogma Debate is doing a 24-hour marathon telethon to raise money for Camp Quest, the camp sites for secular kids across the country. Several speakers in the atheist community are taking different hours to present their case and get their audience to donate. I chose to come on the air at 3:00am on Sunday December 4th. Why such a crazy hour? Because most of MY audience is international. If I figured this out right, 3:00am central time should be 9:00am in London,  1:00pm in Dubai, 5:00pm in Perth, … [Read more...]

Secular Nation Podcast

As President of Atheist Alliance of America, I wanted to raise the standards of our Secular Nation Podcast -such that our shows would be published more frequently, discussing Secular Political topics that come up every week. I also wanted these podcasts to be a shorter than they had been, to better conform to the typical commute time -when I understand that most of our audience tend to be listening. I wanted someone with some skill as a broadcaster and apparent knowledge of politics who would … [Read more...]

Getting the Story from Standing Rock

I think it was in August when I read something online saying "Did you know that the largest Native American demonstration in history is going on right now, and no one is reporting on it?" So I read on to find out about the Dakota Access Pipe Line. At that time, I think someone shared it in my usual atheist feeds as some group of "prayer warriors" trying to defend supposedly sacred lands against further exploitation by Big Business. I could have stopped there and scoffed at the futility of all of … [Read more...]

No one to thank for what I’m thankful for.

I actually celebrate Thanksgiving, though not in the traditional way of course. I've heard too many horror stories about how this tradition came about. For one thing, Thanksgiving is the Christian version of the pagan Halloween. They're both harvest festivals. It's just that one of them was bastardized and the other erected as a replacement of the old practice but with a new name, now being devoted to prayer.I don't pray. There is no God to thank for anything. Let's be realistic. God is not … [Read more...]

Atheist Debate at a Muslim Convention in Texas

I've been asked to do another public debate with a live audience. On Christmas Eve, I will debate "Is Darwinian Evolution a Fact" at the Texas Dawah Convention in Houston. My opponent is Subboor Ahmed of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy) He and I have had this conversation before, but he wants to repeat the lesson.I'm happy to have this debate inside a Muslim convention. I won't be preaching to the choir this time! That's important to me. There are … [Read more...]

Thanks for Giving to Recovering from Religion

Please donate to Recovering from Religion this weekend during their Thanks for Giving charity telethon. … [Read more...]

Scooby does denial

Someone pointed me to a video where an apologist was criticizing skeptics for being apologists in denial. Of course there can be no examples of this in reality, so he took his from cartoons. He was talking about Fred from a Scooby Doo cartoon where they visit an island populated by ghosts and zombies which turn out to be real.I often say that apologists try to project their own faults onto those who will not share them. This video was a demonstration of that. The apologist warned about … [Read more...]

Rest in oblivion, Jack Chick

Back in 1970, someone applying for the job of babysitting the eight year-old version of myself left one of Jack Chick's hateful religious tracts on my mother's sofa. They were tiny comic books using bewilderingly inane and deplorably bad arguments in an attempt to convince ignorant bigots to adopt his form of mindless reactionary religious extremism. I read that comic and found it repugnant, illogical, idiotic, and beneath my intellect even at that young age. I have since read many of his … [Read more...]

Hope for the environment?

Yesterday I was once again hanging with Dan Arel, author The Secular Activist. This time we were at the State Capitol in Sacramento California lobbying on behalf of the Secular Coalition. Of the few conversations I could comment on, the one that stood out for me was someone who agreed with me. Christian Burkkin is a Communications Director for Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman. Dr Eggman is very supportive of secular policies on the issues we care about. So Burkkin and I didn't talk much … [Read more...]