Freethought Festival moving along

My talk at the Freethought Festival went pretty well, I felt.  I did a magic trick in the middle of it which I messed up at first run and had to do again.  Thanks to Brianna, the student at Grand Rapids High School who just started a Secular Student Alliance at the school, for being an awesome assistant.  :)  Anyway, the error made my talk run 30 minutes over time.  Ah well, PZ Myers was following me so it just ate into his time.  A lot of people said our talks complemented each other.  I’ll have to work harder in my antagonism of PZ…

Also, holy crap the “Confronting God” session was amazing.  Every speaker in that session gave a killer talk.

I got to meet FFRF attorney Stephanie Schmitt (the blond in the pics below).  She has been indispensable in my work with high school secular clubs (since administrators often would rather give those groups trouble than obey the law).

Later in the night me and James Crofft (who, I must reiterate, is wrong about a lot of stuff) got our RENT duet in.  Pic below.  Video was taken, but I was…not as sober as I could’ve been, so we’ll see if it ever sees the light of day.  I also punched him.  He loved it.  He called me “daddy.”

Today Lyz Liddell takes the stage to talk about the growth of student atheism.  I’ll be at the SSA table then, but I WANT to see her talk.  Then it’s sleeping on the plane because, as many of you know, atheists know how to have fun late into the night.

This conference has been exceptional.  I hope they do it again next year (I’d happily return if they’d have me).

There have also been a host of really fun people I’ve gotten to meet.  Natalie, Jordan, Brianna, Dennis (not Fuck Beans), Kitar(?), Brian, Amanda, Quinn, Angie, Cindy, and so many more.  Atheists are such fun people!


I mean, we’re so morose without any moral code or reason to enjoy life without god, save for the orgies we’re perpetually having…

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.

  • wytchy

    I didn’t get my goodbye hug! I’ll be waiting to collect next time we meet.

  • Sastra

    I loved meeting you — and you’re right about Saturday’s terrific “Confronting God” session. Each talk was spot on. And now that I’m home (missed all of Sunday, alas), I think I remember yours the best: you made some very powerful points with interesting humor, clever illustrations, and youthful energy.

    I’m definitely planning on stealing some of that.

  • James Croft

    Your talk was awesome – totally fantastic.

    Or perhaps I’m wrong ;)

  • Kateri Leinonen

    It’s spelled Kateri, but I’m happy just being (sort of) mentioned. It was great to meet you and I hope to see you speak again in the future. :)

  • Rick Wayne

    Oh, I guess we could tolerate you one more time. I sure hope AHA does it again next year — perhaps a check will help convince them…

    Thanks for making your talk so entertaining, as well as informative. I know how hard that is to pull off. I thought the talks that complemented yours particularly well, actually, were Faircloth’s and Croft’s. You hit ‘em high, they hit ‘em low — equipped with both logical refutation and appeals to the value system, how can we lose?

    I told Lyz my wife’s idea for our son’s Eagle Scout project: Starting an SSA chapter at his high school. (My son was delighted with the poke-’em-in-the-eye irony but is getting enough out of Scouts that he’s not willing — yet — to bait the bear.)

  • Brianna

    Oh wow I’m on the interweb!! Well that’s cool and I enjoyed every minute of the festival. It look forward to the conference in Columbus Ohio. I loved meeting every one!