Skepticon 5 Day Two – Jessica Ahlquist!

I spent much of the morning working on my presentation for Sunday, but I had to make it into the hall for Jessica Ahlquist. Jessica needs no introduction: she’s the scrappy high school atheist who objected to a prayer banner at her school and was ostracized and bullied for it until she finally had to [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day One – JT’s “Dear Christian 2”

JT Eberhard PROPOSED to his girlfriend on stage at Skepticon 5! During an emotional moment at the pinnacle of his speech tonight JT Eberhard actually proposed to his girlfriend Michaelyn! JT has a habit of outdoing himself every year, and this was a true masterpiece of theatrics as well as a beautiful expression of love. [Read More…]

Skepticon 5 Day One – Greta Christina via Skype!

Skepticon is here again! North America’s largest free conference for of atheists, skeptics, agnostics and Humanists has begun again for another year, and the conference proper is starting with a bang. Greta Christina’s bespectacled face is filling a large screen at the front of the Springfield Expo Center, and her mellifluous tones are filling the [Read More…]

The Wages of Prejudice

It wasn’t long ago that gay marriage was a wedge issue that consistently helped Republicans turn out the vote. It was part of the Republican playbook to plonk a gay marriage amendment on the ballot to get their base to the polls. Today’s results –  the victory of Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, in [Read More…]

Four More Years!

The President has won a significant victory tonight at a time when the country is divided and was contemplating two visions of its future. What is the impact of this victory, and what might Humanists look forward to in four more years of President Obama? Republican Rethink This victory won’t bring the country together, but [Read More…]

Elections Should Be Settled by Tesla Coil Battles

Yes. Tesla knew the things. [Read more…]

What Do We Mean By “Religion”?: Religions Have No “Heart”

Part of a Series: What Do We Mean By “Religion”? What do we mean by “Religion”? I find that whenever I’m in disagreement – either with a person of faith or with another atheist – it frequently boils down to a disagreement over the meaning of “religion”. Someone will begin with “The problem with religion is X” or [Read More…]

“More Than Half Way”: Why I’m Proud to Work With a “Faitheist”

Chris Stedman: one of the most controversial figures within the atheist movement. Few atheist activists split opinion as cleanly as Chris does: it seems you either love him or you hate him. There are plenty on either side of the argument. He has been praised for presenting a new face of atheism, more concerned with [Read More…]

Congratulations, Cardinal!

It’s not often that I congratulate Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, but I feel I must, in this case, extend my warmest congratulations to Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who won the coveted “Bigot of the Year” award from UK gay rights organization Stonewall recently. It is truly well-deserved: he wrote a fantastically hateful article on the [Read More…]

Skepticon Needs YOU!

Skepticon V – the largest free skeptics conference in the USA – starts on Friday 9th November, in Springield, MO. Last year I spoke on a panel – an atheist death panel, no less – at Skepticon IV. It was my first experience of Skepticon, and it was amazing. I was hugely inspired by the speakers, [Read More…]


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