SSA Week off to a good start!

Ok, I thought $100,000 in ten days was a little ambitious.  But Todd Stiefel just made it the ultimate goal of SSA Week much more feasible. He has given a donation of $50,000.  I just counted and yes, that’s the correct number of zeroes.  We can do this! That means we have $50,000 left to [Read More...]

Todd Stiefel AMA

Todd Stiefel is doing his Ask Me Anything over on reddit. Todd is the guy responsible for me having a job.  A donation from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation created the high school program here at the Secular Student Alliance (which I was hired to build).  He’s a great guy, laid back and fun. Head on [Read More...]

SSA Week

The SSA has a sweet matching offer on the table from Jeff Hawkins and Janet Strauss.  Because we feel like meeting that matching offer this month (it will be evaluated at the end of June) in order to get the fall semester off to a killer start, June 6th-June 16th will be SSA Week. “Isn’t [Read More...]

Reality is such a nuissance

Turns out that politicians in North Carolina have told scientists how to do their science.  It’s not good.  Michaelyn has the full scoop. The gist of it is this: scientists have predicted a one meter sea level rise by 2100.  Some are saying that the worst case scenario could be between 5 to 7 feet.  [Read More...]

Sam Singleton on, "Atheism is a religion too!"

Behold!  Another guest post from Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist. 1st guest post from Sam was A Case for Mockery. Atheism is Just Another Religion Brother Sam says in Patriarchs and Penises, “Atheism is not a religion. It is not a cult. It is to belief in God what a vacuum is to air. The absence [Read More...]

What we call courage, they call immoral.

Saw this paragraph nestled amongst this article. Also in Boston this month, the Profile in Courage Award was given by the John F. Kennedy Library to three former justices of the Iowa Supreme Court who were part of the unanimous court establishing same-sex marriage in Iowa as a constitutional right under state law, and who [Read More...]

Verizon executives have shitty priorities

Verizon is laying off a bunch of employees. America’s largest wireless service provider plans to cut 1,700 jobs by offering its technicians and call center employees buyouts. Verizon Communications announced last week that it would reduce its nationwide workforce by 1 percent, and if enough workers don’t accept the buyouts, it will resort to involuntary [Read More...]


It’s a sad thing about courage that it generally comes attached to enough modesty that nobody sees it. Most courageous acts don’t occur in front of a crowd.  Most times somebody takes a metaphorical bullet for someone else it’s not by jumping in front of them in slow motion – it’s behind-the-scenes.  Quietly. Courage is [Read More...]

Get out of my head, Charles!

I have a new twitter follower: @Research2BeDone And now I can’t help but think, “Look at me still talking when there’s science to do…” [Read more...]

How do I loathe thee, let me count the ways.

My brother sent me this. Ever get asked why you care about religion so much? How do you keep that answer concise? Get comfortable and then click below the fold.  For the record, my home town of Mountain Home, AR is mentioned in there twice. [Read more...]

The zombie apocalypse is starting

They said I was wasting my time spending hours each night reading through obscure news sites.  But no, I was keeping an eye out for the inevitable.  Every hour you can get a jump on the outbreak dramatically increases your chance of survival. Lucky for all of you, there are ever vigilant people like me [Read More...]

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Slow learner

A man has died of a snake bite in West Virginia.  Apparently he had gotten a hold of a book that says, in very clear language, what powers will be granted to those who believe its absurd tale: they would be able to handle poisonous snakes with impunity.  So where most people would put distance [Read More...]

GSAs: coming to a Catholic school near you (if you live in Canada)

Ontario is looking to pass a bill pointed directly at Catholic schools. The proposal, which was introduced by Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten on May 25, would ban Catholic schools from stopping clubs that go by the “Gay-Straight Alliance” name. This would mean, in essence, that these religious schools would be forced to recognize the clubs [Read More...]