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.

I love what I’m doing with life.

Yesterday I asked my students if they’d be willing to come in for an extra hour when my parents are in town to reprise their recital songs for them. I told them it wasn’t mandatory, but it would mean a lot to me. Many of them agreed, and one even wrote: “I am willing to do [Read More…]

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Donald Trump: burning the flag should result in $100k fine or a year in prison.

Our President-elect is back on Twitter assuring the entire world he’s unfit for the job: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016 Where to even start? First, flag [Read More…]

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My students will be singing their semester recital this Saturday. If you’re near Kansas, you should come!

This Saturday at 1pm at the High School in Burlington, Kansas my students will be performing their end-of-semester recital. There are a LOT of strong numbers. One of the students that will be performing, we’ll call her Betty, began the semester as one of my weaker students. This is me working with her last night [Read More…]

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I’ll be on Recovering From Religion’s stream-a-thon today! Tune in at 4pm Central (or all day).

Hey gang, I’m stepping out the door to voice lessons. But before I go, I want you to know that I’ll be on Recovering From Religion’s stream-a-thon today at 4pm Central Time. They’ve got a pretty swank line up, which you can see on their Facebook page. Click that same link to tune in to [Read More…]

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Cast of Hamilton had a message for Mike Pence (and Trump didn’t like it).

Mike Pence attended the Broadway production of Hamilton last night. Tweets I saw throughout last night suggest he was boo’d by the crowd at every opportunity. Good for them. Although, if you boo’d him and didn’t take the time to vote against him, maybe save some of those boos for yourself. Anyway, at the end [Read More…]

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I recorded a new single with Jeremy Groom: Tell Me Once Again.

So, I’m now part of a fun little side project called Reasonable Doubt with Jeremy Groom and Lara Magyar. Last night we recorded our first song called Tell Me Once Again: Here are the lyrics: You say he’s just a braggart like that should ease my mind he’s claimed the highest office and I’m searching [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: I steal pets.

Ok, so there will be a lot of original music today (this is part of what I’ve been doing as blogging becomes more of a hobby, that and teaching). Here’s one that cracked me up the other day, so hopefully it will put a smile on your face… …because there’s also some really bad news [Read More…]

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Creationist Ben Carson declines any official role in Trump administration.

So Trump promised to “drain the swamp”, but has started putting all his cronies into power like Steven Bannon, Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Guiliani. Fancy that. Which is why stories saying Ben Carson was likely to become the Secretary of Education were particularly troublesome. However, Carson has said he won’t take such a position: Carson [Read More…]

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Supreme Court denies cert in lawsuit claiming scientifically sound education standards favor atheism.

Here’s a happy story we all probably need right now. In 2015 a group called, brace yourselves, Citizens for Objective Public Education filed a lawsuit claiming that education standards in Kansas were favoring atheism by teaching the science behind evolution and climate change. Y’know, objective public education. Anyway, judges at every level dismissed the case. [Read More…]

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To Our Children.

First, Ed Brayton beautifully captured how I feel this morning: So many emotions this morning, but the primary one is shame. I am ashamed of this country for electing Trump president. It was a common refrain during the campaign to say in response to Trump’s behavior “that’s not who we are as a country.” Well [Read More…]

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