Christina here… I discovered this message board, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, which at first glance appears to be a badly-designed little corner of neoconservatism. Appearances deceive, however, as the board boasts over 250,ooo posts. Here, have some of their more telling forum names: DEFEATING MARXISM/SOCIALISM—WHILE REBUILDING CONSERVATISM BORDER SECURITY and ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ISLAMIC CULT’S [Read More...]

This shall be the best of all days!

This morning’s bowl of Raisin Bran has SO MANY RAISINS! This is going to be the best day ever.  [Read more...]

Go see Sam Singleton!

In my write up from the Reason Rally/American Atheists convention, I describe Sam Singleton as one of the more egalitarian and kind “faces” of the atheist movement.  The man is hilarious and poignant on stage and a damn good dude off of it. He’s got some performances coming up.  If you get the chance to [Read More...]

The state of evidence-based therapy in colleges and how you can help make it better

I once posted a guest entry from Patty Guzikowski about how to find a therapist for atheists.  In it she discussed evidence-based treatment in psychology and how it is not the default means of treating people with mental illnesses. Well, today I received the following email.  If you are a psychology student, take particular note. [Read more...]

Heart of Glory's humble beginnings

At my debate in Michigan there was a piano in the hall.  A member of the University of Michigan SSA videoed me goofing around before the debate. Warning: I miss a chord toward the beginning and NSFW language ensues. Here’s your first peek into the future of Heart of Glory. [Read more...]

NCAA National Championship open thread

Tonight Kentucky plays Kansas for the national title. Kentucky is a juggernaut this year, and I have a really hard time imagining they’ll lose this game.  They’re not invincible, but they’re damn close. However, John Calipari is a cheater.  Perhaps, even though he vacated final fours with UMass and Memphis for cheating, he’s legitimately landing [Read More...]

Hey all you apologists for Christianity, wanna make a bet?

Just read this. GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ)-Grand Chute police are investigating an explosive device that blew up at Planned Parenthood. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Planned Parenthood office at 3800 North Gillett Street.  The explosion started a  fire that quickly burned itself out. The fire and explosion caused a small amount of damage [Read More...]

Religion and science not compatible. /obvious day

From the American Sociological Association. While trust in science remained stable among people who self-identified as moderates and liberals in the United States between 1974 and 2010, trust in science fell among self-identified conservatives by more than 25 percent during the same period, according to new research from Gordon Gauchat, a postdoctoral fellow at the [Read More...]

On the suicide of Fakhra Younus

Christina here… On March 17th, 33 year old Fakhra Younus, Pakistani victim of an acid attack (allegedly) perpetuated by her then-husband, committed suicide. Her suicide brings attention to the horrific human rights violations of the patriarchical, male-dominated Islamic country of Pakistan. After undergoing 30+ operations to repair her body, probably countless hours of physical therapy, and living [Read More...]

Ok, ok, I'm not *really* becoming a musician

Ok, I’m not leaving atheism in order to become a Christian rock singer.  Yesterday was April Fools Day.  I had spent the previous three days doing set up for Greta’s April 1 post on twitter.  I was talking about how much I miss singing, about how hard it is to make money as a singer, [Read More...]

To the more hateful commenters on this blog

There’s been an uptick in the drive-by “insult JT personally” brand of believers lately.  Whether it’s making fun of me for my mental illness or hypothesizing about the size of my genitalia, there are a couple things you true believers should bear in mind. 1.  Note our differences. You may not like it that I’m [Read More...]

Congratulations to Stephanie Zvan – FtB will miss you!

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 [Read More...]

Tim Minchin nails it

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 [Read More...]

Signing stuff

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? [Read more...]