NTSC: Reminded that what we do makes a difference, even if it’s not always obvious at the time.

Many years ago, back when I still blogged on xanga, there was a particularly dedicated commenter who kept coming to my blog to debate me.  Her name was Courtney and, unlike her smug, insufferable aspiring pastor fiance, she was assertive but very enjoyable.  She was kind.  For a few years this went on until finally [Read More...]

NTSC: Tony Pinn and David Tamayo.

If there is a more sincere speaker than Tony Pinn, I’ve not seen them.  The man speaks with passion, and you can’t help but listen to him.  He also amuses with apparent ease, hardly without effort, it seems.  Right now he’s telling the story of his journey towards being a minister – a journey which, [Read More...]

NTSC: Greta Christina.

Greta Christina is up talking about atheism and sex.  I don’t envy her having to follow Matt Dillahunty after that talk, but if anybody could do it and keep pace, it’s Greta (and maybe Sam Singleton). “Some religions ban sex.  Not surprisingly, those religions don’t last too long.”  Epic win.  Pro tip: if you want [Read More...]

NTSC: Matt Dillahunty.

This man rules. We have two categories: 1.  Gods that exist. 2.  Gods that don’t exist. Since no amount of searching will ever turn up a god that doesn’t exist, we only need to worry about the first category.  That category has two sub-categories. 1a.  Gods that don’t manifest themselves in any detectable means. 1b.  [Read More...]

Cool people hang out at atheist conventions. :)

Came across these two during one of the breaks here at the NTSC. [Read more...]

Q&A etiquette.

Ok, whenever I do a Q&A, I always start by saying “Ok guys, remember it’s a question and answer section, and questions have a question mark.  Also, please try not to monologue since other people want to ask questions as well.  If you abuse the rules I’m going to cut you off.” Most speakers don’t [Read More...]

NTSC: Katherine Stewart

First thing: Katherine Stewart has many books.  One of them is The Good News Clubs.  Buy it.  Read it.  Trust me on this. Good New Clubs are something I did a lot of research on when I was with the SSA.  At one point I even called their national HQ as a sympathetic parent.  The [Read More...]

NTSC: Aron Ra

Here I am at the North Texas Secular Convention.  Yesterday was a lot of fun.  It was good to see fans and friends again.  Since I’ll be hanging out watching talks today (which leaves little time for blogging the news) and drinking (which leaves even less time for normal blog activity), I’m going to live-blog [Read More...]

Top 10 anti-Christian acts of 2012

Christina here… Every year, this website DefendChristians.org puts out a list of the “Top 10 Anti-Christian Acts” – 2012 is no different. I wonder what bad things have happened! Maybe they got billboards vandalized. Maybe prominent public figures blamed Christians for everything from the school shootings to hurricane Sandy. Maybe the army refused to let Christians hold [Read More...]

Iowa lawmakers trying to make abortion the same as murder.

Quick post before I leave the airport.  Iowa lawmakers are being dumb, trying to equate destroying a handful of unthinking, unfeeling cells to the destruction of a cognizant human being. Iowa State Rep. Rob Bacon (R) and eight of his colleagues introduced legislation to alter the definition of a person in murder cases to “an [Read More...]

Comment roundup 2/8.

Sitting in Ohare airport (my favorite place on earth – thank you, TSA, for protecting the world from my mouthwash) on my way to the North Texas Secular Convention, I saw this comment. The Westboro Baptist Church is not affiliated with any known Baptist convention or associations but is part of Phelps-Chartered Co., the Phelps [Read More...]

Superheroes washing children’s windows.

Reading the news is depressing, but every now and again you come across something like this and you get to smile for a moment. Stunned patients at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh were treated to the unusual sight of Spider-Man and Captain America washing their windows. Batman and Superman also joined in the clean-up, with the [Read More...]

OMG! The F-bomb! Oh the humanity!

Hey everyone, Christina here! I’m still in the motherfucking hospital, but had to share this silliness with you from One “Million” Mom’s. Dear Christina, Together we will hold CBS accountable for airing profanity in front of children and families! The network did not keep their promise that the Super Bowl broadcast would be safe for [Read More...]

Megan Phelps-Roper leaves the Westboro Baptist Church.

Megan Phelps Roper and her sister Grace have followed in their uncle Nate’s footsteps and have left the Westboro Baptist Church. In a city in a state in the center of a country lives a group of people who believe they are the center of the universe; they know Right and Wrong, and they are [Read More...]