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 explain what Lilandra and I do for our … [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 didn’t go the w … [Read more...]

Scientific evidence of a soul?

Somehow I happened across a Facebook post criticizing me and anyone who "follows" me, whatever that means. I couldn't comment on that thread, but it made some interesting claims that I think should be publicly addressed.The Question Evolution Project appears to be the same entity as the blog author, Piltdown Superman. So he is only citing himself. His website is a string of obvious falsehoods easily refuted, and his linked blog post opens with the following idiocy: "Although secularists … [Read more...]

Affirming each other’s humanity after today’s terrorist attacks.

We offer to our friends and fellows in London and Nigeria our sympathies as religious extremism has robbed the world of more innocent victims. At least four people are dead including the attacker and at least 20 are injured after a car deliberately struck pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.  In Nigeria, 5 suicide bombers targetted a refugee camp that housed people fleeing the violence of Boko Haram, killing 4 and injuring 18 more innocents. There is obviously no justification for taking the lives … [Read more...]

How Various Studies Disprove Noah’s Flood

I'm having some fun with a new video series. I wish it wasn't necessary to do this series anymore, but in the last year with the opening of Ken Ham's Ark park and the appointment of a presidential cabinet made up entirely of science denialists means that yes, I still have to explain how we know that Noah's ark was only ever a goddamn fable and that grown-ups seriously should not still believe such nonsense in the age of information.So far this new video series looks like it will consists of … [Read more...]

Mythbusted?

This morning I got a call from self-professed Bible scholar pushing what he called a Mythbuster series: except that instead of busting the myth, he's promoting one he believes in. I know, that doesn't make any sense. I don't think he's paid any royalties on using the Mythbuster name either, but that's what he calls it.He said he had arguments that would render atheism without foundation, or some such claim as that. He wanted to have a video chat, and I thought would be fun. Sadly, it didn't … [Read more...]

I am Resigned to Run for State Senate

I just posted my first political advertisement. It was filmed by the New Covenant Group in their 7,000 square-foot TV studio in Pensacola Florida. They just sent their edit to me a couple days ago. Thank you for that, Dr Michael Jones.Even before posting this ad, I've found that I'm already attending multiple political meetings each week, and this is expected to accelerate considerably by Autumn. This is on top of everything else I'm still doing, which is quite a lot really. So in an effort … [Read more...]

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...]