Why American Atheists?

Accidents happen... When I first jumped into the fray of activism for the atheist community I had no idea that there was such a broad dynamic. I feel pretty lucky I stumbled into American Atheists. And I do mean stumbled. This whole ordeal came about for me by meandering into a situation where I had no idea what I was doing. My cousin(in-law?--W/E...not the important part), Britt, came out of the closet (or as some refer to it his "de-baptismal") near the end of last year and began … [Read more...]

Jessica Ahlquist to speak at Rock Beyond Belief II

If you don't know... Jessica Ahlquist is the brave teenager from Rhode Island who stood up against her school, her town, and her state to get an unconstitutional prayer banner removed from her school that had been standing for 49 years!!! Since she came out to fight for and defend the constitution she has received numerous threats and insults from the religious right but has not waivered in her resolve or backed down in the least. I can honestly say that I don't think I would have been that … [Read more...]

My Christian Tattoo

Why? Prior to my first deployment to Iraq I was still held in the thralls of religion and was questioning it without much in-depth research or analysis. In response I felt like I was sinning for my attempt to step away from God so in an attempt to convince myself that I was still a true believer I went out and got two tattoos on my right forearm. At a time when my cognitive dissonance was at its highest I tried to ignore the rumblings of reason and opted to cling to my errant beliefs in … [Read more...]

Former Pastor turned Atheist to speak at Rock Beyond Belief 2!

20 years into the ministry... Teresa MacBain spent more than two decades as a Baptist and Methodist minister under the tutelage of her father. She worked as a worship minister, an associate pastor and a senior pastor of her own church. March of this year she finally stepped out of the religious closet and entered the world of reason. She outed herself in the national spotlight at the American Atheist convention and let the world know that you didn't need to believe in a god to be a good … [Read more...]

Aron Ra speaking at RBB2!!!

Aron Ra at the Orange County Freethought Alliance. While attending the OCFA a couple weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of running into Aron Ra. If any of you follow youtube I'm certain you already know who he is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW6R9RHvVew&list=UUAJfDidJyukTekgSRZrjadw&index=0&feature=plcp He is well-known for his scientific  explanations slamming the very idea of intelligent design and creationism utilizing logic, facts, reason, and scientific data … [Read more...]

Shelley Segal will perform at Rock Beyond Belief 2

For those of you who don't know she is a singer/songwriter from Australia. Her music is quite simply amazing! She'll be playing in New Orleans in the American Humanist Conference the first week of June if any of you are in that area. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-h_jNiSczw Show up or you hate the troops! Base: We are still attempting work with the base to finalize everything. I will have more information forthcoming. Within the next 2-3 weeks I should receive confirmation from the … [Read more...]

Jesus, Camp Pendleton! 2nd foxhole atheist festival announced

My name is Paul Loebe and I am a Marine Sergeant. I am stationed at Camp Pendleton and I am an atheist. I'm working on this: In the beginning I spent a quarter century of my life heavily involved in church as a Bible-thumping believer. Then came the fateful day when I began to compare the teachings of the Bible alongside historical and scientific data and my path towards recognizing my cognitive dissonance began. Needless to say the mindless drivel that guides religious faith fell apart … [Read more...]

Two marriage proposals at the Fort Bragg atheist festival

Just before the camera started rolling, I started the set up: "The best part of any YouTube debate is always a Q & A session. It's a bit more intimate, and honest discussion starts happening. So let's get a mix-mic out there, for some Q & A" /www.youtube.com/embed/DJHajd68AMQ? Congratulations to the Riddlehoovers! That's enough Q & A. Dave Silverman then joined me on stage and we shared 'a moment'. A second marriage proposal almost happened! This footage comes from the … [Read more...]

FastSigns initially refused to print THIS atheist sign!?

A local FastSigns store refused to print this sign: Yeah. Nothing in there attacking religion at all. It's simply 'atheist'. That one word. What the hell? They eventually changed their minds, after my team member fired off an angry response to this: From: FASTSIGNS 243 Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:04 AM Subject: MASH banner Thank you for contacting us regarding your banner needs for your upcoming event. Its certainly something we could do for you. I was not aware that we … [Read more...]

Vet drives to Bragg after his court hearing, arrested for atheist activism

I've previously posted about the strange proselytism that John Kieffer endured at Fort Bragg in the 1970's. Mandatory 'born again' day, he called it. Sounds familiar. Well, John is driving back up to Fort Bragg for Saturday's groundbreaking atheist festival. But he has one thing to do before he can be on his way. He has to go to court on Friday for another hearing for... not praying at a Polk County, FL school board meeting. Atheist of Florida President John Kieffer was arrested on … [Read more...]