Eugenie Scott – The Nature of Science

"Science doesn't say 'there is no God'. Science doesn't say 'God doesn't act'. We just can't test God, so we leave him out." - Eugenie Scott I like that quote from the video. I personally think that science directly contradicts all of the major religions' sacred books. But I concede that there are many people who are able to live with the inherent contradictions between the two just fine. So Eugenie seems to be stressing neutrality, and the importance of understanding and respecting the … [Read more...]

Mikey Weinstein and Barry Lynn are doing something right.

While it's okay to disagree with people, and it's okay to seek guidance on how to deal with people that you disagree with... I think this former chaplain has the wrong answer. He invokes a prayer circle to make Mikey Weinstein and Rev. Barry Lynn's lives worse off, and shorter. He literally wants them to die quicker and have bad lives. Also, he wants you to help him cast this spell. Rock Beyond Belief has recently become aware that Gordon James Klingenschmitt has +5 Fire Damage, so we really … [Read more...]

Triangle Freethought Society Rocks

And they want to rock with us. Triangle Freethought Society has really been stepping up their support for Rock Beyond Belief these last few days. The 'Triangle' refers to the three relatively large cities just north of Fort Bragg. They are able to draw upon a much wider secular community, therefore able to really make an impact. Every community needs an organization like this. If your city doesn't have one, start one! Get in touch with them, to find out how. Here is their Mission Statement … [Read more...]

Rock the Fort Revisited (part two of two)

I'd like to repeat the following paragraph from last week's article before we begin: If you have been following this website for a while, you have probably noticed the purposeful avoidance of discussing the Rock the Fort controversy. Yes, it’s true that we’d like to stand on our own as an event, and distinguish ourselves as ‘not just a counter-event.’ However, in order to establish this difference, we need to explore exactly what and why the Rock the Fort event was offensive. If we are … [Read more...]

Melodysheep – “Our Place in the Cosmos”

Melodysheep is the creative force behind the Symphony of Science series of music videos. This time around, he weaves beautiful and poetic statements about the universe together with  the philosophic implications of our new insights. As usual, he uses the voices and words of famous modern scientists with clever auto-tune manipulation and catchy electronic music to spectacular effect. He writes: "Our Place in the Cosmos", the third video from the Symphony of Science, was crafted using samples … [Read more...]

Margaret Downey to speak at Rock Beyond Belief

Margaret Downey has had a prolific career in secular activism. She has founded, been a board member of, or presided over many of the most influential secular organizations. I'm always curious as to what exactly leads a person towards activism, and there are as many reasons as there are activists.  I found this quote quite telling: "I was quite content discussing religion only when I was asked about it, but when our son was ousted from the Boy Scouts of America in 1991 for being from an … [Read more...]

Jen McCreight’s Boobquake news footage

Recently, we added Jen McCreight to our lineup of speakers. She is a rising star in the secular and science online communities. That's been changing this year, though. She has been appearing in print and on TV, and is a welcome addition to the long list of important female non-theists. As with all of our guests, Rock Beyond Belief will be bringing you updates on Jen as well as her 'greatest hits'. This video falls in the latter category. You can keep up with Jen over at her influential blog, … [Read more...]

Michael Werner, former president of AHA, to speak at RBB

Michael Werner is a Vietnam Veteran who was drafted just a year before he would have completed his Ph.D. He served with pride, and began a lifelong journey towards Humanism. His thirst for knowledge lead his academic studies through philosophy, world religion,and he was able to actually use what he learned to solve his major nontheistic dilemma. The cultural, organizational, and community aspects that were positive attributes of most religions were often lacking in the nonbeliever's life. That … [Read more...]

Freedom From Religion Foundation’s monument to Foxhole Atheists

This story is not new, but it was new to me. Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), pointed this out in an e-mail exchange recently. via: The Freedom From Religion Foundation erected its monument to “Atheists in Foxholes” in 1999 at Lake Hypatia, Alabama. The monument is dedicated to the many members of the military who were “atheists in foxholes,” as well as to all freethinkers (atheists, agnostics, and skeptics of any persuasion) who serve … [Read more...]

Eugenie Scott to speak at Rock Beyond Belief

Rock Beyond Belief is proud to announce that Eugenie Scott will be speaking at our festival. Eugenie Scott is probably most well known for being the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). That organization emerged from the grass roots efforts against "equal time for creationism" legislation which sprang up in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since then, Eugenie has been a outspoken proponent of science and honest education. Her organization has achieved … [Read more...]