Speaking at the University of Kansas tomorrow.

Tomorrow night at 7:00pm, I’ll be giving a talk in the Alderson Auditorium at the University of Kansas.  It’s going to be an hour-long rundown of the most popular arguments for god’s existence and why I think those arguments are not good, to say the least.

Because I’m in the area, I helped the SOMA group chalk for the event.

Me smiling over a freshly chalked sidewalk.

It felt like old times.  I miss being a rambunctious “activist on the ground”.  Perhaps I’ll be able to do more of that over the coming year.  :)

As we were moseying about the campus, we noticed that some of the posters for the event had been torn down.

Big frown next to the remnants of a torn down poster.

I’m told that belief in Jesus makes people morally better…but then I keep seeing stuff like this.  It’s strange…

A confident believer would come to the talk and take me to task in the Q&A.  A coward would tear down the poster.  Turns out faith doesn’t do much for bolstering bravery.  It’s a little sad that whoever did this likely thinks themselves an exemplary defender of the lord.  Through faith, they probably believe that this is the extent of being a warrior.



There are apparently some crosses added to our chalkings now.

But the cross is upside down.  I’m wondering if it’s some people who have the wrong idea, or some believers who think seeing a cross will make someone realize Jesus is real.

I don’t mind the addition of the cross.  I hope whoever drew it will come to the talk and try to give me reasons to believe instead of just this passive-aggressive stuff.  I also wonder how religious groups would react if we went around to all their chalkings and wrote “there is no god.”  The same people that would lose their shit over that probably cheer the addition of the cross.

Consistency would just be nice, y’know?

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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.