Another religious predator.

I was grabbing dinner at Carl's Jr. this evening.  At the table next to me a graduate student at BYU was telling an older man how he was pursuing a degree in psychology to better reach people for Jesus. Preying on the sick under the guise of altruism.  You've pretty much just summed up the deceit that permeates evangelism.  In this particular context, it particularly sickens me.  What an asshole. … [Read More...]

Just finished the debate workshop at #AAcon14.

Just finished doing the debate workshop with Matt Dillahunty (Jamila Bey's plane was delayed so she missed most of it).  It was fun.  Doing gigs with Matt always is. The room was packed.  Matt and I carried our chairs into the audience for people but there were still lots who had to stand.  How...surreal.  I remember the fist time I got a conference name tag that said "speaker" on it.  The feelings of accomplishment were indescribable, as were the feelings of dread: as if the organizers … [Read More...]

Great way to start the weekend.

Stephanie Guttormson, my old friend and Operations Director at the RDF, just happened to be on the same flight into SLC.  Swank.  Someone even swapped me seats so I could sit next to her. So we get to the hotel and the guy who gets our luggage could not look more like a Mormon.  Skinny, pale … [Read More...]

Your morning grumble.

Why does the morning have to be so early? Why does sleeping in an empty bed away from my pineapple upside down cake (read: fiancee) have to suck so hard? Why does the TSA have to be so grumpy (probably because they were up earlier than I)? Why does airport food have to cost so much? I'm … [Read More...]

Come find me at the American Atheists conference (and a thank you for readers).

I was worried about my traffic (read: my income) this month.  I had to take three days off for Reasonfest (and was light blogging in the week leading up to it).  I'm going to be gone Wednesday - Saturday to speak at the American Atheists conference in Salt Lake City.  I knew I'd have less content … [Read More...]

Dear Mr. President, I am not a child of god.

While talking about a mass shooting at a Jewish community center that occurred this past weekend (not even an hour from where I live), President Obama said we are all children of god: “We’re all children of God. We’re all made in his image, all worthy of his love and dignity,” hesaid. “We … [Read More...]

Help Ed Brayton fight a lawsuit.

The other day Ed posted: So it looks like I’m going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that I’ve called him a white supremacist several times over the last few years. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail right now because I need to hire an attorney (one in Texas, … [Read More...]

Huckabee starting to think there’s more freedom in North Korea than in the USA.

The other day Mike Huckabee stood at a podium and criticized the United States government.  He was not imprisoned or murdered for his critique which, ironically, was that there is less freedom in the US than in North Korea. Former Arkansas governor, and current Fox News contributor, Mike … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: the Ballad of Booth.

This seems like an odd subject for a morning happiness, since it's a song about an assassin, but it makes me happy.  Leave it to Stephen Sondheim to write a whole show about people who killed, or attempted to kill Presidents.  Leave it to Sondheim to give one of the most beautifully written pieces … [Read More...]

Mississippi businesses protest anti-gay bill.

It's the age old battle: all-powerful god vs. the almighty dollar.  It's a battle god has never won. In Mississippi they are attempting to pass a bill not unlike the one that Gov. Jan Brewer recently vetoed in Arizona: one that would allow businesses an exemption from discrimination laws if the … [Read More...]

Poll tells us that millennials are less religious. w00t!

Good news on the polling front! Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon … [Read More...]

Rush Limbaugh does not like the Colbert pick to follow David Letterman.

Every time Rush Limbaugh makes a sad face, somewhere in the world a JT grows his wings. So Colbert is succeeding David Letterman as host of the Late Show (he'll sadly be dropping his character).  What you may think is just a new comedian being hired to interview celebrities and tell a few jokes … [Read More...]

The sites where you should change your password on account of the Heartbleed bug.

I know this isn't atheism or politics related, but it's still important enough to blast.  A recently discovered bug that existed in some of the internet's most popular sites (think facebook, youtube, etc.) allowed some people access to your email and passwords in the database of those sites.  No … [Read More...]

One more day to get into the Foundation Beyond Belief conference for a discount!

Foundation Beyond Belief, the nation's largest humanist charitable organization, is holding its first national conference!  We're talking about an organization lucky enough to have people like Dale McGowan, Hemant Mehta, Ed Brayton, Todd Steifel, and more.  If ever there was a group assembled of … [Read More...]