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.

Maternal mortality rates decline around the globe, but up in the US — double in Texas.

While maternal deaths around the world are decreasing, in the United States, a developed nation, they’re actually going up: The good news is that maternal mortality rates are declining worldwide. The bad news? The situation for women in the United States is a glaring exception. And in Texas, where clinics serving women have shuttered and [Read More…]

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GAMING: TSM takes League of Legends summer championship. Doublelift turns around last team fight.

I wrote a year ago about how CLG came up with an incredible run to take its first North American championship behind their star bottom lane of Doublelift (ADC) and Aphromoo (Support). Both players came up big against NA powerhouse, TSM, such as this team fight from Game 2 of last night’s championship where Doublelift completely [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Parrot duet and more cooking.

Good morning, all!  Ok, first, your antidote to all the unhappiness the world is going to throw at us today: Now for even more! I’ve been learning how to cook since the wife started med school and, frankly, it’s a struggle. Right now I’m working on sushi and last night I came up with some [Read More…]

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The rest of what’s going on: Catholic hospitals, Spongebob Squarepants, and convictions for assaulting gay people.

Here’s all the stuff that didn’t make the blog today. The majority of Americans who have left religion claim science as the reason.  This is why religion is having a difficult time in the information age. Trump’s campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, is registered to vote at a vacant address in Florida, a key swing state. [Read More…]

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Pastor who said Orlando victims “got what they deserved” arrested for child molestation.

And if you look to your right you’ll see a Christian hypocrite, a species bountiful in Georgia: A Georgia pastor and and conservative political activist was arrested Friday morning on charges of child molestation and aggravated child molestation. Ken Adkins, 56, of St. Simons Island turned himself into police at about 9 a.m., according to officials with [Read More…]

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Ask JT: Why don’t churches do more to stop child molestation?

Kevin asks: Why don’t the churches do more to stop child molestation? And when it does happen, why do they try to cover it up, and then make the child feel like it was their fault? While it’s not a very difficult matter to point out where somebody’s beliefs are false, it’s a much harder [Read More…]

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Thanks to American Atheists’ lawsuit, dishonest organizers of National Baptist convention won’t get taxpayer money.

The National Baptist Convention is coming back to Kansas City.  All would’ve been smooth, but they asked the city for $65,000 of taxpayer money to support their convention.  American Atheists filed a lawsuit, the city decided that one way or another the convention wasn’t getting that money and decided to not throw money away on [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: I am the night!

Top of the morning, everybody.   In this picture, note the shadow: I am the night .. [Read more…]

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Pennsylvania House of Representatives set to give Americans United a lot of the state’s money.

Five Pennsylvanians are suing the state over being prohibited from giving invocations before House sessions: American Atheists joined with Americans United for Separation of Church and State in filing a federal lawsuit today challenging a policy prohibiting atheists from offering invocations to open Pennsylvania House of Representatives sessions. The five individual plaintiffs in the case, [Read More…]

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Texas preacher found guilty of molesting girls in his congregation.

A Texas preacher has been found guilty of sexually molesting many of the girls in his congregation: Dell Ivan Godkin, 48, was found guilty of sexually abusing one victim beginning when she was 13-years-old, and continuing until she was 17, by telling her God approved of what they were doing. “He would say lots of [Read More…]

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