Know a great activist? Tell the SSA about them!

Ok, the Secular Student Alliance is having a conference this summer, just like we do every year.  It’s awesome.  A lot of your favorite people will be there.  So will I.  You should come (but bear in mind that it’s a leadership conference – don’t come expecting philosophy, come expecting to learn how to be [Read More...]

High school students changing the world

Last month I spoke at an activity fair put on by a group of students at Dundee-Crown High School.  The event was one of the most well-organized gigs I’ve ever been to – and it was done by high school students passionate about human rights. Some of them are the same students that immediately decided [Read More...]

Update on the Osteen situation. They lied even worse than we thought.

I’ve added the following update to the post on Joel Osteen and his wife visiting a public elementary school today. From one of the people keeping tabs on the goings on at Amidon-Bowen. I was lied to by the Vice principal. He told me to my face when I asked, “What will be read?” that [Read More...]

I knew it

Ok, so we were worried about Joel Osteen visiting a public elementary school.  Like Bradlee Dean, they said they were going to keep it secular.  However, for people who have a vested interest in converting children it’s just a difficult cheese to swallow that they’re going to the school just to pull weeds and read [Read More...]

School bringing in prosperity gospel anti-evolution preacher, Joel Osteen

Why? Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Why!!?? Ok, here’s the deal.  Joel Osteen is headed to DC to pray with some people.  Big whoop.  But beforehand he’s gonna swing by a local elementary.  I got this email from a concerned parent. So in advance of his crusade, he’s coming to the school [Read More...]

Help Sarah and Simon bowl for abortion

Bowling for abortion…it rolls off the tongue so nicely. Two of my office mates, Sarah Moglia and Simon Keegans, are participating in a fundraiser called Bowling for Abortion.  The name pretty much tells you everything you need to know. The money goes to local abortion providers.  She’s trying to raise $300, and has $157 raised.  [Read More...]

American Airlines listened!

It looks like I can continue to fly on American Airlines. As Kylie Sturgess reports, after a huge outcry from the skeptic community (including lots of signatures on the petition I linked), they decided not to run the anti-vaccination ads.  I’ve gone in and removed my boycott of AA from my speaker page at the [Read More...]

The young are the future

We were tabling at the Dundee Crown High School activism fair on the National Day of Silence (a day of protest in defense of LGBT rights).  There were several people throughout the school who had tape over their mouths signifying that they were participating.  I made a point of congratulating each of them I saw. [Read More...]

American Airlines fucked this one up

I hate Delta Airlines.  They suck immensely.  But I’ll still fly them if they’re cheapest for whatever group bringing me in to speak. Well, American Airlines has just squirmed their way beneath Delta in my eyes.  My speaker page at the SSA has been updated to say that I will not fly AA until they [Read More...]

Skepticon, always pushing the limits

We all know about Skepticon, the monster in-your-face, take-no-prisoners atheist convention right smack dab in the middle of the bible belt.  It’s the place where people like me, PZ, Greta, and Rick Carrier (look at all those FtBers!) go to haul out the claws and shred anybody who conjures the audacity to look us in [Read More...]


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