Last month I got to give a talk in Minneapolis where I was given Conan the Bar-Bear-ian in exchange for speaking. One of the attendees was sci-fi writer Stephanie Zvan, the author of the blog Almost Diamonds here on FtB. I had wanted to meet her for a while and was pleasantly surprised to find [...]
Michaelyn sent me this picture with one of Minchin’s quotes from the Reason Rally. It reminded me of Sam Harris’ opening to his Atheist Manifesto. The entirety of atheism is contained in this response. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny [...]
Christina and I got asked to sign a bible at American Atheists 2012. So disrespectful, so irreverent (yet so true…). Blasphemy is, well, a blast. Thanks to Steve Groesbeck for the pic. Doesn’t it seem like his pictures are always the ones that retroactively define big conferences?
I really hope that the legislature in Kansas is ramping up for a big April Fools joke, because otherwise the shenanigans they’re pulling are the opposite of funny. In a typical Math 002 class, you might find an 18-year-old freshman sitting next to a 35-year-old mother of two. The freshman might be there because he [...]
I used to think tornadoes were the most destructive things in Kansas, then I got a good view of their state legislature. The Kansas House on Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow a religious defense to discriminate against gays. Yes, you read that properly. The Kansas House, charged with maintaining equality for its citizenry, just [...]
Christina here… I’ve noticed since the Reason Rally, certain attitudes about atheists are cropping up in news media outlets and blogs. Not that I’m surprised. It will be a cold day in a nonexistent hell when atheists hold a rally or event and get only positive reactions in the USA. Now, a lot of news [...]
DrB- JT said I should put a picture at the top of posts. I countered that then somebody might recognize me, and no good could come from that. That would reduce my ability to sit quietly in the back. Does this count? I’m in there somewhere. Now with that over with, I did come [...]
At the American Atheists conference I was scheduled to speak at the costume dinner (which had a price tag of $200 $50 to get in, I believe). All day on twitter people were wondering if people who didn’t pay for the dinner could get in to see my talk. Dave Silverman, who freaking rules, saw [...]
My father recently received an email from Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford. As the Supreme Court hears arguments about the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate, I wanted to make clear that I favor a full scale repeal of the President’s healthcare law. Obamacare took $575 billion from the Medicare Trust Fund to pay for the costly [...]
If you’re in Ohio, I’ll be sitting down on a panel at the end of the month to talk about the Reason Rally. I’ll be sharing the space with Mid Ohio Atheists president Ron Stephens, their communications director Michael Adams, and Joy Beer and her daughter Savannah. The event is being put on by the [...]
Christina here… So, Tim Minchin performed The Pope Song at the National Mall, which has about a million people upset, because his song contained, er… a “few” expletives and said some bad things about the pope. The message of the song is clear from the lyrics, and is brilliantly written, in my opinion. [...]
Christina here… Right now, at this very moment, I’m in the Cincinnati airport. My husband and I have just finished our week of atheisting at the Secular Lobby Day, Reason Rally and the American Atheist National conference. We’re pooped, and we’ve been beset by delays all day trying to get home to St. Louis.
Michael Bay is rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, but with a twist: the beloved, zany terrapins from my youth are now aliens. Yes, aliens. Cracked.com pretty much sums up my reaction.
Christina here… Here’s a new Daily Twitter! I must admit: I do actually have ethical standards when I interact with people on twitter: 1. I mostly seek out people saying negative things about atheists or gay people on Twitter. 2. I re-tweet the person’s tweet, editing it for shortness if needed. 3. I only do [...]