Sam Singleton at Skepticon 4

Here’s the horror, the religion-destroying sermon that has caused so much controversy.

Religion is silly.  Silly things do not deserve respect, and Sam makes some great points (to skip past the revival bits and get into the meat of his presentation, click here).

Forgive my lousy singing.  I was sick and the mic was not the best (I know, I know…it’s a poor craftsman that blames his tools).  I really can sing a little bit!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Laurence

    Am I the only one that found it kind of boring and not really interesting? I’d rather have someone like Jessica Ahlquist or Hemant Mehta any day of the week.

    • Cwayne

      Ahlquist is fantastic… surrounded by a bunch of freaks in her town.. and holding up great.

    • PZ Myers

      You don’t have to like it. A conference has to have a variety of speakers — some will like one subset best, others will like a different subset best.

      A hint for anyone attending an atheist/skeptic conference: you don’t have to o to every session. Go to the ones you think you’ll enjoy, and during the others, spend time schmoozing with other attendees.

      This seems to be hard for some people to understand.

  • Emily

    Is this really what would “offend” a person so much that (he) would feel the need to post an angry & bigoted sign restricting people from coming to his “Christian Business”?

    Sam’s a comedian, comedy pushes buttons by touching on sensitive issues. Getting “offended” is absurd. If he didn’t like the ‘sermon’, he should have addressed that, instead of resorting to discrimination (that we have a right to be upset about). Oh, Allah’s ballz, “I’m offended”, lol.

    • davidct

      Some people feel that they have a “god” given right not to be offended. Apparently Andy did not realize that he is no longer free to discriminate against people who do not follow his superstitions. It must have come as a shock to find out atheists actually have rights and will not remain silent. The fact that he was forced to apologize shows some progress. He may still be a bigot but he has been forced to think about his obligations as someone serving the general public.

  • Art Vandelay

    Is this really what would “offend” a person so much that (he) would feel the need to post an angry & bigoted sign restricting people from coming to his “Christian Business”?

    According to his apology, it was because they were saying “God Damn” instead of “Amen.” Seriously.

    It stems from the narcissistic worldview that your beliefs are so privileged that they should be beyond criticism. That concept hasn’t been historically proven to be dangerous at all.

    What a dick.

  • Scientist

    I really liked Brother Sam. Sure my favorites would be Skepchick, Greta, or PZ but Sam was hilarious. I think it was the perfect addition and ending for Saturday. JT you rock.

  • KLB

    Holy shit was this boring. This guy had a serious lack of charisma. JT singing was the only thing that was remotely decent in this presentation. And for fuck’s sake, don’t give Ed a mic, either. I like Ed, but he may be the single best cure for insomnia ever.

  • Janis Mattox

    Great keyboard player – anyone know his name…..?