About Jesse Galef

Jesse is a career atheist, and is currently Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance. Before that, he worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association. He also blogs about science, philosophy, and rationality at Measure of Doubt with his sister Julia.
(The views expressed are not representing the Secular Student Alliance or any other organization.)

The Secular Coalition for America’s Briefing with the Obama Administration

by Jesse Galef -In less than three hours, I'll be part of a delegation of 60+ atheists who are meeting with Obama administration officials for a policy briefing to discuss some of our concerns.  Although administrations regularly engage with religious groups for such meetings, this will be the first ever with the American nontheist community.  Suffice to say, this would not have happened in previous years.  It's the latest signal in a growing relationship between our community and the ad … [Read more...]

Would I Still Be an Atheist?

by Jesse Galef -Overcoming personal bias can be one of the most difficult tasks in searching for the truth. The particular experiences and influences in our lives are - to a large degree - out of our control and yet they play a huge role in shaping our beliefs. And it's not as though we can reboot our lives, remove the biasing agent, and see what we end up believing (we would also have to do it a few hundred times so we can get a decent confidence interval).A first step is … [Read more...]

Obama Clears Low Bar at Prayer Breakfast

by Jesse Galef -Obama once again graced the annual National Prayer Breakfast with his presence, and once more we in the nontheistic community were given a brief mention.  Yes, I'm bothered that Obama's presence at the meeting lends credibility to the shady group known as "The Family."  They're the group of politicians who (when they weren't busy being caught in sex scandals) pushed extreme legislation including the recent Ugandan anti-homosexual atrocity.  But at the meeting, Obama - as he ha … [Read more...]

Italian Secularist Judge Effectivly Removed from Office

by Jesse Galef -I don't know much about Italy's justice system, but this news story makes me think it deserves more of my attention. Italian Judge Luigi Tosti, an outspoken proponent of separation of church and state, is not allowed to hear cases anymore: ROME -- An official of the watchdog body for Italy's judiciary says a judge who refused to hear cases because there are crucifixes in the nation's courtrooms has been effectively barred from continuing in his job. ... Mancino, [vice … [Read more...]

Skeptics Organize Homeopathic “Overdose”

by Jesse GalefFinally, a creative protest! Living in the DC area, I witness a lot of demonstrations. In general, I find them either over the top, toothless, or just plain boring. No so with this demonstration against homeopathy: In what is being billed as "rationalism's Kool-Aid moment", a mass "overdose" is being planned next week in protest at the marketing of homoeopathic medicines.More than 300 people who style themselves as "homoeopathy sceptics" will each swallow an entire … [Read more...]