Videos of my FtBCon panels from this weekend.

I was on some panels at FtBConscience this weekend.  The first was Atheist Music hosted by Brianne Bilyeu.  It was good to see the faces of some very dear friends, Ashley Miller and Shelley Segal.  They’re really good people.  I’m also a huge fan of Roy Zimmerman and didn’t know he was going to be [Read More...]

American Atheists monument vandalized (UPDATE: vandal has apologized).

Didn’t take long, did it?  It’s not paint or anything, some local, self-proclaimed hillbilly spit his terbacky all over the monument.  But don’t fret!  Through a logical appraising of the evidence, I feel confident we can ascertain this ruffian’s identity.  Detective JT on the job. So what clues do we have?  First, let’s examine American [Read More...]

Another day, another set of nightmares born of religion.

Sufficient adjective do not exist to communicate the horror of this: Arifa, a mother of two, has been stoned to death on the orders of Panchayat (a tribal court) for possessing a cell phone. She was executed on 11 July in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province. The victim was stoned to [Read More...]

Final FtBCon schedule (with omg links) now available.

The final schedule for FTBConscience, the online conference that starts tonight at 5pm CST, is up. If you’re wondering when you can catch me, I’ll be doing Atheist Music on Saturday from 9pm – 10pm CST, Atheists in Pop Culture on Sunday from 2pm – 4pm CST, and Organizing a Regional Conference on Sunday from [Read More...]

Federal judge blocks “Freedom is never free” monument.

In California a federal judge just put a stop to the construction of the monument because it was “unmistakably religious”. A federal judge on Monday blocked a construction of a monument in southern California, ruling it would be an “unmistakably religious” symbol on public property. The Lake Elsinore City Council unanimously approved the construction of [Read More...]

Fight racism; vote Republican.

A friend sent me this: Presumably they were all out of the “Fight pain, headbutt the sidewalk” bumper stickers. Here’s what gets me: the owner of this truck didn’t make that bumper sticker.  Someone mass-produced that bumper sticker, assuming there would be a market for it, and this guy purchased it not realizing the hilarity [Read More...]

Matt Dillahunty drops the hammer on Lindy West.

Lindy West, who must’ve studied at the Chris Stedman school of activism, wrote an article in Jezebel titled How to Be an Atheist Without Being a Dick About It.  Matt Dillahunty went through it with a scalpel, opening with the obvious: We begin with the standard unsupported claim… “so many people insist on being such [Read More...]

National Atheist Party Drops the Name “Atheist”

In a press release Thursday, the National Atheist Party announced that for the second time in two years, it is changing its name. Perhaps you haven’t heard of the party. It’s a political party, but it does not run candidates for office. It styles itself as a “Constitutional movement … dedicated to the preservation of [Read More...]

Organizations behind the Magdalene laundries have plenty of money to not give to the survivors.

Yesterday I wrote about how the Catholic Church would not be paying anything into the restitution fund in Ireland for the survivors of the Magdalene laundries: a slave labor institution for women suspected of *gasp* having sex out of wedlock. It turns out that in 2009 the four nun-operated organizations culpable for running the laundries [Read More...]

LCS game to watch today: TSM vs. Cloud 9.

I have a new article up over at the Secular View (where I am a gaming columnist) about how important today’s first game is for Team Solomid.  While TSM, a team that convincingly won the spring split, has struggled in the summer with the exact same lineup.  In the article I recall the very first [Read More...]

My childhood cat is dying.

Mom messaged me on facebook yesterday to tell me that Rugby, my childhood cat, has stopped eating.  With pets this is a near certain sign that they’re not long for this world.  It’s ok, Rugby had a good cat life that was full of love and wet food every evening at 5pm. Of course, I [Read More...]

Catch me at FTBConscience this weekend without even leaving your house. :)

Freethoughtblogs is running a fully online conference this weekend.  I like the idea.  Frankly, I’m kind of pissed that I didn’t think of it first. Anyway, the lineup is pretty spectacular.  It includes every FtB writer along with some Patheos writers like myself, Hemant Mehta, and Dan Fincke.  There are also movement leaders like Dave [Read More...]

Psychic fail.

I love watching cold readings crash and burn.  That is exactly what happened to Char Margolis on WGN recently. Oh boy. I love her admonition that the skeptical anchor can’t be close-minded after she failed.  I wish he would’ve asked “What’s the difference, in this case, between being close-minded and just not accepting a failure [Read More...]

Why We Should Not Believe in Evolution

Anne here. I’m telling you up front and in advance that it’s me, emphasizing that the “by” thingie up there doesn’t lie,  so you won’t get mad at JT for not believing in evolution. Maybe he’ll thank me for that. Maybe he won’t. Maybe he’ll come out of his evolution belief closet, too, after he [Read More...]