Kent State rocked!

Kent State was interesting.

I had added a lot of new material, but I thought of even more on the drive up to KSU.  So I got there, hauled out my laptop, and sent to work.  Then Kay, the organizer, told me she expected a good turnout of religious people.  So I played a game: my goal was to preempt every argument they could possibly use.  It was a lot of work, but I did it.

Then Kay and I went to get dinner and, when we returned, my laptop was dead.  It was completely unresponsive to me pounding on the power button.  I took out the battery and put it back in.  Nothing.

So I called Dr. Dave and explained what was up.  He said that all other options to fix it were roughly the equivalent of praying.  So we packed up and went to campus to find that the room we were in lacked a projector.  No biggie, since my laptop was dead.  But then, as if by miracle, it started up!  I can only conclude that god must love and support my work, and therefore that he doesn’t want anybody to believe in him.  So the organizers then went to ask the building manager if we could get a projector and we did!

So I gave my talk and I felt I did well in my game.  :)

My favorite point was during the Q&A when a Christian apologized for the actions of others on behalf of those “who were trying to really follow Jesus.”  It was probably the only time I said anything truly harsh.  I pointed out how annoying it was that every time a moderate Christians condemns the wickedness of other believers that it’s always couched in that language.  I told him their behavior is not wrong because he is the one who really has the pipeline to god.  Their actions are wrong because they’re shitty actions.  Period.

Good group.  Would definitely go back.

Me and recent atheist Ben


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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.

  • lizdudek

    Nice! I always wonder what being a “true” christian or “following Jesus” actually means. It’s been redefined every ten years since Christianity started.

    The “good” christians just need to admit that they’re really humanists, and that they just happen to believe in something silly in addition to their humanism.

    • Art Vandelay

      There’s no such thing as a true Christian because Christanity in itself is untrue. That’s why even though they can’t seem to agree on anything, they sure as hell like to claim their doing the work of the lord. Look at Emily in the post below who thinks her Christian beliefs are what motivate her to fight for LGBT rights and then look at Fred Phelps who think his Christianity motivates him to oppress the fuck out of that community. They both may be sure that they’ve interpreted God’s will accurately but at the end of the day…neither one of them can claim the truth.

  • Laurence

    It was great having you in Kent JT and hanging out with you after the talk. Thanks for them movie tickets as well!

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I read the article, nothing bad to say about it, but what really compelled me here was the title, “Kent State Rocked.”

    Whether you know it or not, those exact words began more than one headline 4 decades ago. I couldn’t read them when they came out, of course, but I do read history and have read some of the news coverage and remembering headlines that included those words gave me a lot of curiosity as to what, exactly, might compose this post.

    Anyway, glad you had a good presentation. And get a back up hard drive – stat!


  • Kay

    We loved having you! I’m just glad we managed to avoid the tear gas. Apparently there is now a meme starting up regarding some idiot that tried hiding from the cops inside a construction barrel. Only the finest experiences for our guests, here at Kent State! Next time you’re in town, I’ll have to give you a proper tour and show you the memorial and whatnot.

    And Ixchel says hi ;).

  • Steve Knapp

    Thanks again JT, I really enjoyed the talk and the Q&A. Also, I googled how to do the wrist-breaker trick. VERY CLEVER.