I’m testifying at the State Capitol

A couple weeks ago, my wife, Lilandra and I once again testified before the Texas State Board of Education. They were still considering including language in the science standards that was designed to undermine teaching of evolution. This language would have encouraged ignorant teachers to cite anti-science apologetics instead of teaching anyone what the theory is or the evidence for it. Lilandra and I testified in opposition to an overwhelming collection of creationists, but we were pleasantly surprised that the… Read more

San Antonio’s Non-Christian Scapegoating Mayor is up for Re-election

Earlier this month at a candidate’s forum, San Antonio’s Mayor Ivy Taylor, may or may not have had atheists specifically in mind when she speculated on the roots of systemic poverty. Although she didn’t specifically mention atheists, she definitely linked poverty to a lack of relationship with the Christian god, specifically. Early voting for municipal elections is now underway in San Antonio and Election Day is May 6, 2017.  Mayor Taylor was appointed in 2014 to replace the Obama Administration’s… Read more

floresiensis not from erectus, just like I said

I think it’s funny that the media are just now announcing “breaking news” about Homo floresiensis that I had already explained exactly six years ago; from 5:38-7:04. Read more

Our shameless state board of education.

On April 18th, I was in Austin to testify once again before our infamous Texas State Board of Education. Lilandra and I felt alone in that crowd of creationists. It was disheartening to see so many people repeating such easily refutable falsehoods as fact. But it is even worse to see organizations determined to exploit the language of the science standards to allow teachers to misrepresent evolution, abiogenesis, climate science and so on, and to replace factual lessons with fraudulent… Read more

What if David Dao had given up his seat?

How would the situation have changed if David Dao had given up his seat for United crewmembers as he was ordered to? Let’s start with the obvious. Obviously, he wouldn’t have gotten manhandled by airport police. Though the violence used to remove an elderly man wasn’t justified.  Yes. He wouldn’t now require surgery. In an hourlong news conference that touched on race, policing and airline manners, a lawyer for the passenger dragged off a United flight on Sunday listed his client’s injuries:… Read more

Philosophistry

On March 3rd, “Street Epistemologist” Anthony Magnabosco invited me to join him at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to see a debate between one of their apologists and the editor of Skeptic Magazine. Turns out this was the start of an apologetics conference called “Stand Firm”. Which of course, I interpret as “be unreasonable”. Because that’s what apologetics is, making up excuses to defend the faith against all reason: to rationalize or justify a faith-based position while systematically dismissing any and all… Read more

Conflicting Political Opinions

Yesterday I happened to run into an associate from my former job. He and I worked together at a company very similar to The Incredibles’ Insuricare for at least a decade or so, and we both quit at about the same time. Amusingly, we’re about the same age, and the last couple of years have been much the same for both us. He and I both traveled to a number of different countries, albeit advocating opposite messages. While I was… Read more

Texas SBoE considering changing science again

The Texas Freedom Network notified me that our State Board of Education is once again attempting to insert language into the science standards of public schools that would allow creationist teachers to mislead their students–about evoltion and related aspects of the natural origin and development of biodiversity. The TFN asked me to email my concerns about that to the board. Here is what I said: First, referring to: §112.34. Biology, Adopted 2017 (c) Knowledge and skills, we find (9)(D) we… Read more

What we do on Patreon

I’ve been a full-time activist for a couple years now, and I have definitely dedicated a lot more hours to my projects and to my channel every week than I ever did in the corporate world–even that period where one company offered unlimited overtime. Now that I’m involved in something where I can actually do some good for other people, I have a goal to be the hardest working advocate of skeptical atheism, secular humanism, and science education. So let me… Read more

Not so much myth-busting as myth-making

In a previous post, I mentioned a creationist calling himself a “mythbuster”, busting what he thinks are myths Christians believe in. But not him. He told me that he knows more than every theologian anywhere ever. He knew this because he didn’t bother learning about ancient pre-Judean culture, comparative mythology, or the history of the Bible as a compilation. No, he only read the 66 books of the Bible with no contextual background to confuse him. Seems our previous discussion… Read more

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