Chris Kluwe to headline American Atheists 2014!

This is awesome! American Atheists revealed details on Wednesday about its 2014 national convention in Salt Lake City, announcing that speakers will include NFL Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, Survivor®: Philippines winner and sex therapist Denise Stapley, and Grammy®-nominated Spin Doctors bass player Mark White. The convention will also feature an art show, workshops, childcare, and [Read More...]

Percentage of atheists in federal prison is even lower than we had thought.

I’ll start off by saying that Hemant Mehta is the straight up shit.  Why do I say that on this occasion? For starters, the “atheists are 0.2% of the prison population” statistic is unreliable.  Even though it gets used everywhere, Hemant caught wise: The 0.2% number has also been cited in book after book after [Read More...]

God’s burning orphanage and the problem of divine hiddenness.

A while back, while I was preparing for a debate, Matt Dillahunty turned me on to a youtube channel called Theoretical Bullshit.  The guy behind the channel is solid, amusing, communicates well, and has produced arguments I’ve never heard before.  You should definitely check him out. [Read more...]

Documentary “Refusing My Religion” coming soon.

At the American Atheist convention this year I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for an upcoming documentary by Michael Dorian and Marc Levine called Refusing My Religion.  The documentary focuses on the Clergy Project and addresses the trend of even ministers becoming convinced that their religion is untrue. Here’s the preview: Yeah, I might [Read More...]

Richard Haynes’ 7 clarifications about “new” atheists.

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but Richard Haynes has a post up with seven important clarifications about the “new” atheists.  I love concise responses that hit all the major points, and Haynes lives up to that standard magnificently. My favorite was: Clarification #4: People do not become atheists because of [Read More...]

How to lose a lawsuit.

There is a Good News Club that meets at the local 4th and 5th grade building here in Mountain Home.  My father called me when he was made aware of it to ask what should be done.  I told him the same thing I tell everybody else in those situations: contact the school and tell [Read More...]

2013 EVOLVE Award winners.

American Atheists has started an annual tradition.  They are giving out a series of awards called the EVOLVE awards to people who are representing atheists positively.  I think they made spectacular picks. This is what they sent me: American Atheists announced Thursday a new series of annual awards honoring podcasters, musicians, bloggers, and others who [Read More...]

Chris Stedman doesn’t get that conflict is inevitable and necessary.

Chris Stedman has an article in USA Today that, surprise, I find gut wrenching.  It starts with: Last Tuesday, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Rebecca Vitsmun, asking her if she “thank(ed) the Lord” for the fact that she lived through a disastrous tornado in Oklahoma. Holding her infant child in her arms, she replied, “I’m [Read More...]

American Atheists to unveil a secular monument to counter ten commandments.

Wow!  Is today ever a red letter day!  I woke up to the story that Michelle Bachmann is history (or would be if ethically dubious people confined to obscurity were “history”).  And then I found a press release from American Atheists in my inbox that just made my day. The Bradford County Courthouse in Florida [Read More...]

Arguing with people makes a difference (156).

This is the 156th such email I have received and will be saving.  Name withheld. Hey JT, I remember trying to argue with you about good Christians vs bad Christians a few years ago. I’ve really done a 180 since that time. I have read your blogs and read your parents posts. I’m coming around [Read More...]


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