The Secular Student Alliance has a $250,000 matching offer for 2013.

How did I not know about this?  (Rhetorical question…the answer is “vacation”) Anyway, the Secular Student Alliance has a $250,000 matching offer for 2013.  I firmly believe that the SSA is the most important of all the secular organizations.  Their mission has the greatest potential impact, and they are extremely well-run.  If you want to [Read More...]

Comment of the year.

Holy cow.  I about spit milk all over my monitor reading this comment from wingnut land. Fuck you you stupid bitch-go back to neverland-no self respecting citizen will ever give up his guns.The 0nly way to stop assholes who want to hurt you is to neutralize them. The sooner you antis realize this the better [Read More...]

Paying up.

At the beginning of the NFL season, Michaelyn and I made a bet.  I, knowing full well that Mark Sanchez sucked, bet that in at least one game this year Tim Tebow would be made the starter – not because of injury, but because they decided to bench Sanchez.  Michaelyn said Tebow would never start. [Read More...]

Comment roundup 1/18.

In response to my elation at anti-gay pastor Louie Giglio backing out of the inauguration, Patrick swung by with the following comment. “He’s a dishonest fool who has spread the poison of bigotry to countless other minds.” Really, JT? This entire post just made you look like a dishonest fool spreading the poison of bigotry. [Read More...]

Where I’ll be next month.

My speaking schedule picks up big in February.  My next appearance will be at the North Texas Secular Convention in Dallas from February 8-10.  Come for me, but stay for Greta Christina, Matt Dillahunty, David Fitzgerald, Tony Pinn, Aron Ra, Sam Singleton, and more! Tickets are exceedingly cheap for an event like this.  For a [Read More...]

More Jon Stewart on gun control laws.

More Jon Stewart on how fucked up our gun control laws are. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook [Read more...]

Deadspin responds to Donald Trump – short, sweet, and to the point.

Props to the people at Deadspin for this. Receiving praise from someone as inept as Donald Trump should always make you wonder if you’re doing something wrong. [Read more...]

People trying to break into my house.

So apparently there have been two attempts to break into my house in Ohio in the last week.  I’m still not there (I’m in Kansas with Michaelyn), but Cambridge was.  The would-be intruders never got inside on either attempt and Cambridge is ok, but we’re thinking that maybe it’s time to find a new place [Read More...]

Petition the government to tax churches.

I got sent one of those “official petition to the White House” type things about taxing the churches.  My optimism that these things will produce anything other than an humorous reply that is full of epic from a science adviser is pretty small.  Still, what could it hurt?  I especially liked this line. We personally [Read More...]

Whatever Rick Perry suggests, do the opposite.

It’s hard to imagine a guy who can work is way up to office, to leader of the land, by essentially being as irresponsible about problems as possible.  Yet, Rick Perry has managed it, and he’s at it again. In his own statement, Perry acknowledged the problem of violence in the U.S. but said enacting [Read More...]

The Week in Review: Law and Atheism 1/17/2013

Reproductive Rights News Update This week, Pew Research Center released new polling data that seems to indicate that even among pro-life people, support  for reproductive rights is at an all-time high.  There seems to be more acceptance that abortions should be safe and legal when they do occur, even if these people would not choose [Read More...]

Sandy Hook truthers are awful people

Steven here… I’ve always had some sympathy for conspiracy theorists. I used to buy into a lot of these silly ideas about the government having secret contact with aliens and stuff. Even when I stopped believing in them, conspiracies like that were still interesting and exciting. And I have a measure of nostalgia looking back [Read More...]

American Atheists testing the “equal treatment” waters in Florida.

In Orange County, Florida, a group has been allowed to distribute bibles at public schools.  American Atheists has the right idea. Cranford, NJ-Orange County, Florida school leaders have given approval for members of World Changers of Florida to distribute Bibles by placing them on tables near student lunchrooms on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. David Silverman, [Read More...]

Zach Kopplin: still a little guy, even though he’s doing big things.

I was reading this article about Zach Kopplin, who is a one-man wrecking crew against creationism down in Louisiana.  Most of us know all the good things that Zach is doing, but this is the part that stood out to me. “This was a pivotal moment for me,” Kopplin told io9. “I had always been [Read More...]