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...]

Happy Ask an Atheist Day!

Today is Ask an Atheist Day!  Got questions?  Go ahead and ask an atheist! Don’t know where we get our morals from?  Ask us! Do we worship Satan?  Ask away! Do we hate religious people?  Now you can know! Spread word far and wide, and give support to local SSA chapters who are running Ask [Read More...]

Let Obama know about Jessica Ahlquist

The White House is accepting nominations for the Citizen’s Medal. The 2012 Citizens Medal will recognize U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs, including individuals: Who have a demonstrated commitment to service in their own community or in communities farther from home. Someone who has engaged in activities that [Read More...]

Skeptics of Oz is this weekend!

Atheist conferences are everywhere!  All the time!  We’re taking over! If you’re around Wichita, KS this weekend, stop by Skeptics of Oz! [Read more...]

A lot of people emailing me need to change their attitudes

The most frequent emails I get from atheists are the ones asking how to get more hits for their web site.  Those emails infuriate me.  Stop sending them. “But JT, don’t you worry about blog hits?” No.  No I don’t.  I’m aware of how many I get.  It’s flattering.  It’s nice to have people read [Read More...]

My weekend at the North Texas Secular Student Convention

What a great time this weekend at the North Texas Secular Student Convention!  So much good, I’m going to jump right in. 1.  The organizers This conference ran very smoothly.  It was a great group of students, very personable and tons of fun.  I would love to return to this event next year for the [Read More...]

Atheists outnumbered in Jesus Land; tell them this.

I got an email recently from Gordon Maples, who leads the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance (SECAA).  It was a forward of an email from Sheenan Cole, the secretary of the SSA at the University of Northern Alabama. My name is Sheenan Cole, I’m the Secretary for our new chapter of SSA at UNA.  Our university [Read More...]

Go see Sam Singleton!

In my write up from the Reason Rally/American Atheists convention, I describe Sam Singleton as one of the more egalitarian and kind “faces” of the atheist movement.  The man is hilarious and poignant on stage and a damn good dude off of it. He’s got some performances coming up.  If you get the chance to [Read More...]

Don't forget to actually do shit too

At the training for Lobby Day, then SCA lobbyist Amanda Knief (now with American Atheists) said, “Atheists spend a lot of time pontificating instead of doing.”  Immediately I tweeted the quote with an emphatic agreement. A tweeter by the handle of SpaceGhoti then asked what we aren’t doing.  I promised him a response, since twitter [Read More...]

Reason Rally/American Atheists wrap up

What an enjoyable week!  The road trip to DC with Michaelyn was so much fun!  The Reason Rally was amazing.  Some of the speakers sucked, but most of them were really good.  The American Atheists conference was also a hoot! For me, the best part is always bumping into readers and getting to see old [Read More...]