855 FOR LIES

In my previous post, I trolled the toll-free number on a one of those gospel billboards purporting to be about "truth". You can listen to that call here. I spoke with an operator named Philip. I challenged him to point out even one thing in the Bible that he could show to be true and thus qualify as truth. The truth is what the facts are. A fact is a point of data that can be objectively verified, and a statement or claim doesn't constitute truth until we can show that it is true and concordant … [Read more...]

855 FOR “TRUTH”

I had a short speaking tour of Florida, giving a Darwin Day presentation in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Myers, and we recorded three episodes of The Place while passing through Pensacola. So we took a road trip out of Texas, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Along the way, I kept seeing these billboards pleading with me to call and argue with them.The first call was amusing enough. I talked with Johnny about how Jesus was reportedly a 1st century faith-healer who believed … [Read more...]

Aron Ra State Senate Campaign Donations

I have a certified public accountant registered with the Texas Ethics Commission as my campaign treasurer. Together we opened a separate bank account specifically for my 2018 run for State Senate, District 2, and I have a website linking to a PayPal account where I can finally begin accepting campaign donations. I hate that it takes money to run an election in this country, and it is absurd how much money is required. At a recent meeting of the local Democratic party, I was told that a State … [Read more...]

Politically opinionated

I don't like to share my political opinions because so many of them require explanation and some also require a prior understanding. Those with neither think I don't have either. It also requires a willingness to understand, which a lot of my critics simply do not have. Sadly too many people, both on the left and on the right are only interested in tearing into each other over any perceived difference they can demonize. That's how the country became so divided, and we're going to have to find a … [Read more...]

I was once a Jedi

Atheism never had good public relations, largely because of the smear campaign that labeled atheists as believing in nothing, or having an unreasonable rejection of even the possibility of a god, insisting instead that atheists have to know that no god exists. This was a very successful campaign because some of the greatest atheists of the last couple centuries refuse to identify by that label—because of these reasons. And religious proselytizers took advantage of that in their recruitment t … [Read more...]

What is your political alignment?

I think it funny that everyone who says they want less government always votes for candidates on the authoritarian right, who actually seem to want as much government as possible; more military intervention, personal interference, surveillance and scrutiny of the public: removing regulations on industries, but actively restricting the rights of private citizens in private matters or even in their own bedrooms. Meanwhile those in the opposite quadrant are really just liberating the common folk … [Read more...]

How to disprove Noah’s Flood

For the last few years, I've been meaning to do a video series explaining how various fields of study disprove the Noachian deluge. I finally got around to doing that as a reward to my patrons at Patreon.com/AronRa. This is the first of what should be a five-part series.The next episode will be How Geology Disproves the flood. So I'll be accepting suggestions from geologists as I write that script. … [Read more...]

Just a Snip

In my most recent episode of the Ra-Men, I spoke to Lena Lena Nyhus, founder of 'Intact Denmark' and 'Just a Snip', organizations opposed to the circumcision of children too young to consent. Female circumcision is already identified as genital mutilation in her home country of Denmark. So now she advocates for the rights of boys against being cut when there is no medical reason to do so, and a number of very good reasons not to.Lena welcomes discussion and shared a number of contact … [Read more...]

My debate with Subboor Ahmad

I had a second formal moderated debate with a live audience. It was originally supposed to take place at a huge Muslim Dawah conference, and that's why I was so eager to accept. but I guess the organizers had other ideas about that and cancelled. Subboor said we might reschedule for the next time I'm in London. But I was eager to engage. And although London might have been better in some aspects, I still wanted to do it sooner and in Texas. So I called on Humanists of Houston less than a month … [Read more...]

Road to Reason

Robert Penczak, the executive director of Atheist Alliance of America also hosts a UstreamTV show called Road to Reason. In their most recent episode, they chose to interview me.The reason they wanted to interview me now is because Atheist Alliance of America is strongly endorsing Street Epistemology, and of course I just did a collaborative video lesson on that with Anthony Magnabosco, and practiced it with students at UTSA. … [Read more...]