The Scarlet Letter

At Skepticon IV I got asked to do an interview for an upcoming documentary: The Scarlet Letter.  They just put out a trailer and it’s looking really good.  I’m flattered to be asked to give my opinions along with the company in this film which includes Richard Carrier, PZ Myers, Dan Barker, Dave Silverman, Greta Christina, and others.

Often when I speak, usually within about five minutes of being picked up at the airport someone says, “You’re so soft spoken” or something like that.  It generally comes through when I do interviews like this or for We Are Atheism.

I am soft spoken.  I’m actually quite shy in-person.  I do not scream about religion because my personality is one that favors loudness or conflict.  I do it because the problem of religion is so great that even reluctant warriors need to throw in.  I think it would be immoral if I let my nature take me out of the fight against unreason.


Incidentally, it was during the interview for The Scarlet Letter that this picture was taken.

They were setting up their equipment while I was checking my text messages when Nyssa, one of the filmmakers, told me not to move and snapped some shots.  Everybody who sees this picture comments about how reflective and solemn I look.

I think I was texting Michaelyn to tell her I was about to pass out. :P  The interview was shot right after my talk about anorexia and I was just exhausted.

FAITH: Jesus is not the answer to this question.
MORNING HAPPINESS: Trust.
POLITICS: Boehner calls Obama an “anti-war President.”
ACTIVISM & GODLESSNESS: Purpose-driven life and secularism.
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.

  • Chris Looye

    And thank you for speaking out, and fighting for what is true, in spite of your shy nature.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Yeah, I look at the picture in that “About the author” box and worry about how JT could possibly cope if someone were to look at him funny.

  • http://spaninquis.wordpress.com/ Spanish Inquisitor

    The documentary looks very, very interesting. When Dawkins first came out with that big red A (it was him, wasn’t it? My memory is still good, isn’t it?)I didn’t have a lot of hope that it would catch on.

    But it has, hasn’t it?

    And, yeah, JT, that “angry young punk” image doesn’t do you justice.

  • http://bigthink.com/blogs/daylight-atheism Adam Lee

    Clearly, that picture shows you enveloped in the darkness of soul that is the fate of all atheists. :)

  • Mike D

    Other misconceptions: we eat babies. Well, that one’s true.

    Don’t give away too many secrets! Looks like it will be a fantastic documentary. Can’t wait to see it.

  • RhubarbTheBear

    This looks great!

  • James

    JT when does it come out?

  • John Eberhard

    I anticipate this with alacrity.


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