Godless killing machine

I have resisted charging an honorarium when I speak for so long it has annoyed many people close to me (I now have a suggested honorarium of $100, but I’ll waive it if asked).  I’ve done this because, for one, I’m happy to speak.  I’m flattered for the chance and that people are keen to have me.  For another, I’d feel pretentious for charging money for the chance to contribute to a cause I love.  For a third, I recall trying to get speakers I wanted to come to the first couple of Skepticons and running into insurmountably high price tags, and I don’t want to do that to groups trying to give events like that to their communities.

I’m told that charging will help mitigate the amount of speaking requests I get (I have to say “no” to a fair amount of people as it is), but I’d rather the mitigating factor be who needs me most, where I haven’t been before, etc., not who has money and who doesn’t.

Anyway, last year when I spoke at the University of Minnesota they forced money on me.  I immediately recycled it into their group.  This year, knowing I didn’t want their money, they gave me something else: a stuffed bear.

Well yesterday was the travel day from hell (might blog about it later), and the bear was with me the whole time.  Every other person I passed commented on him and almost everybody smiled.

So I’m thinking the bear may become a staple of the blog.  Michaelyn and I like to travel, so the bear will certainly come with us – including on our road trip to DC for the Reason Rally.

We still need a name though.  Initially I wanted to call him “Badass” or “Corruption Bear”.  But he could be named “[such and so] the [whatever] bear”.

Some names Michaelyn and I like are Bruno, Brutus, Rupert, and Franklin.  One person even suggested “Richard Bearrier“, which I really like.  Another suggested Conan the Bar-bear-ian, which we also like.  :)

Possible postfixes are the badass bear, the debauchery bear, the atheist bear.

If this bear’s going to be a part of the family, he needs a proper name.  Submit your votes below, but Michaelyn’s vote counts for several.

Also, I’m still the meanest atheist alive.

PERSONAL: Happy birthday, Hitch.
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Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.
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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.

  • http://www.illinissa.com Dan Hay

    Sagan the star-stuffed bear

  • http://carlsagansdanceparty.wordpress.com Steven Olsen

    Ursina K. Le Guin.

  • http://Www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Gladly, the cross-eyed bear

    • ‘Tis Himself, OM


  • http://sprinklingsofalice.wordpress.com Alice Sprinklings

    Bearly Grizzlington

  • kosk11348

    Onus–Because he likes to remind theists that they “bear” burden of proof.

    • dfl42


  • Sastra

    He could be JT also — for “Just Teddy.”

    I also thought of “Freebear” as a reference to Freethought Blogs and, less obviously, the song “Freebird.”

    He looks a bit like Pavarotti. I understand you sing, and sing well. ‘JT and Pavarotti’ sounds like a logical connection.

  • Karla

    Rupert the Reason Bear :)

    • Marie the Bookwyrm

      I was going to suggest Polyamory Bear, but I really like this one. Something about the name Rupert.

  • neatospiderplant

    If you end up going with Bruno, I suggest Bruin-o for more bear pun awesomeness.

    Other bear/atheist puns include:

    ChristoFUR Hitchens
    ChristophURSUS Hitchens
    Richard PAWkins
    Neil DeGRIZZLY Tyson

    • neatospiderplant

      The moment I pressed submit, I also thought of GRIZtopher Hitchens.

      • neatospiderplant

        PAW-Z Myers

    • http://curiousmusing-curiousmind.blogspot.com Leila

      Neil DeGrizzly Tyson – LOVE IT! XD

    • http://www.facebook.com/Eileenmcano eileencano

      LOOOOOVe the Richard Pawkins!

  • Ringo

    For a moment I thought you’d decided to name him Godless Killing Machine…

  • Didaktylos

    Call him Congleton – in honour of the town of Congleton in the English county of Cheshire. Some 400 years (or so ago), they used money that had been raised to buy a new Bible for the town’s main church to buy a bear instead.

  • Shaun

    These puns are bearly tolerable.
    Charles Pawrin?
    Muhammed the Infidel Bear?
    Natalie RAWR?

    I am so bear, beary ashamed.

  • Randomfactor

    A. Theodore Bear? A-Teddy for short?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lezkimo suzysalaksartok

    Slab Bulkhead
    Blast Hardcheese
    Buff Drinklots
    Crunch Slamchest
    Fist Rockbone
    Punch Rockgroin
    Buck Plankchest
    Dirk Hardpec
    Rip Steakface
    Slate Slabrock
    Crud Bonemeal
    Big McLargehuge
    Smoke Manmuscle
    Beat Punchmeat
    Hack Blowfist
    Roll Fizzlebeef
    Bob Johnson…

    or something from http://andes-sudo.deviantart.com/art/Tough-Man-Name-Generator-60484457

  • Joe T

    Richard Bearrier is awesome, do it. In the picture of you with the four lovely ladies you seem to have an exceptionally thick well muscled neck. That just kinda popped out to me.

  • http://idioprag.com WilloNyx

    If I am voting I am going with Neil DeGrizzly Tyson.

    My own suggestion is Iorek Byrnison (so named after the awesome armored bear in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

  • Drivebyposter

    Potential names:
    RAWR! I Most Definitely Intend to Crush You With My Awesome Bear Might .
    Rebecca Rawrson?
    Pat Robeartson?
    Technicolor Dreamcoat. You can be JT and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
    Yah Way.
    Bear Nye.
    Jeff the Mental Health Awareness Bear.

  • NotAProphet

    Mohammed is a winner in my book, but what about “Hitch the Atheist Bear”?

  • avjewe

    The bear’s full name should be Godless Killing Machine, but you can call him GK for short.

  • http://www,extraordinaryinsignificance.com Dave Churvis

    My partner suggested “JT E-BEAR-hard”. WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE GET IT????

  • Amanda

    I personally like Rupert Sagan.

    Also, it’s great that you now have another way to spread awareness about Atheism.
    Random Person: “Cute bear! What’s the ‘A’ for?”
    The Meanest Atheist Alive: *evil grin*

  • TV200

    Rupert, but mainly because I love the Toy Dolls


  • heatherh

    How about “Bearorarium” as Chelsea had described him? I do like Richard Bearrier though. Did anyone comment on the t-shirt? (an OutCampaign shirt with the scarlet ‘A’ on it)

    • heatherh

      …or maybe it was “Beararium”. (opposed to honorarium)

      A couple suggestions from the U of M CASH facebook group are: Bruno the Debauchery Bear and they like Neil DeGrizzly Tyson.

  • Matthew A. Harmer

    So does this mean I can eat all the red Skittles I’ve been saving?