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.

Travel day.

Good morning everybody!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you celebrated it however you saw fit free of being antagonized by people who insist you celebrate it their way. The wife and I are making the sojourn to Arkansas today, where we will be staying for a few weeks.  I’ll be back to [Read More...]

How I’ve hijacked Christmas.

If you listen to Kirk Cameron, or the millions of Americans who think like him, Christmas has been hijacked by people who want to take Jesus out of it. While I don’t care why other people celebrate, in my own life he’s certainly right.  Jesus is no part of my holiday celebration or my family’s. [Read More...]

Help bring some parity to the comment section of an article about the Mountain Home nativity.

There is a mountain of Christian privilege, dishonesty, and vitriol going on the facebook page for the Baxter Bulletin article on the nativity (here’s what’s going on if you’re just hearing about this). Some choice examples include: Boo Williams As well there should have been threats…yall don’t like our religious traditions, then move somewhere else…you [Read More...]

First winner in the comment section of the Baxter Bulletin’s nativity article.

(If you need/want more info on the lawsuit filed against the local government in my hometown for discriminating against atheists, read this) Well that didn’t take long.  Brian Davis is upset with the Baxter Bulletin for posting a picture in its piece about the local nativity that only barely gets the Santa and the reindeer, as if [Read More...]

Lawsuit filed against my hometown due to county judge’s discrimination.

My hometown has been pulling some shenanigans for the last year.  I’ll try to catch you up quickly. Last year in my home town the local freethinkers asked to put up their own holiday display next to the nativity (which is on the courthouse lawn, as it is every year) – a banner reading “Happy Winter [Read More...]

Guest post: why religion is not a mental illness.

The following is a guest post by Matthew Facciani and doesn’t necessarily represent all of my views (though I agree with him on much).  I take a much more hard-lined approach on the dangers of religious belief than Matt, but on whether or not religion is a mental illness I’m 100% in his camp (especially [Read More...]

Tylenol commercial features two moms.

I know it’s just clever advertising meant to capitalize on what has awesomely become the majority view, but I’m still happy to see it.  Good on ya, Tylenol. [Read more...]

“If you don’t believe in god, why do you care if I pray?”

This was retweeted by one of the people in my right wing twitter column: Well, I’m an atheist, so I’ll tackle that question. I only care that you pray insofar as I believe you’re wrong about the existence of god.  That’s ok.  People can disagree about things and I can say you’re wrong without saying [Read More...]

Singing Les Miserables at Skepticon.

I was the closing talk at Skepticon this year.  After I was finished, one of the organizers told me their nerf-shooting gallery was $10 off of raising $500 and asked if I’d do something to make up the difference.  I announced that for at least $10 in donations I’d sing a song.  People complied.  This [Read More...]

The reason for the season.

Today Michaelyn and I are traveling to her mother’s house to spend Christmas.  I have a few posts ready to go, but no heavy lifting.  But I wanted to leave you with this one.  I posted it last year and it’s still depressing relevant. My father came across somebody who said… This year and every [Read More...]