Skepticon 4 Trailer Vid

I know for a fact that Rob Lehr, the filmographer for Skepticon, has worked all day today and will be working all day tomorrow to crank out videos of the Skepticon talks as soon as possible.  Here’s a trailer. If you have a second, head over to Hambone Productions’ youtube channel and thank him [Read More...]

Gelato Mio's Newest Apology

For decades the atheist movement has been screaming that bigotry against us is immoral.  Sadly, some people are not sold on that.  But everybody listens to consequences, and the reaction to Gelato Mio’s shenanigans shows that, for the first time, our numbers have grown to such that we can say to anti-atheist bigots that if [Read More...]

Highlights from Skepticon 4

Skepticon 4.  Wow.  Fucking wow.  Katie Hartman, Rob Lehr, Blythe Clutter, Ryan Culbertson-Faegre, Jeffrey Markus, Cody Works, Lauren Lane, and all the other organizers and volunteers put together something very special.  It is not only those who attended who owe them a debt of gratitude, but everybody in this movement. Highlights: [Read more...]

Boy, He Sure Showed Skepticon!

Here is the doorway to the Gelato Mio neighboring the Gillioz Theater, where Skepticon 4 is being held. Man, you kept us from giving you our money.  You sure showed us.  Now we’ll starve because there are no other restaurants in downtown Springfield.  Dumbass.  A few things here… 1.  Thanks for the heads up.  I [Read More...]

Guest Post: Ellen Lundgren and Depression

As I am all prepared to give a talk about mental illness tomorrow, here is a guest post by Ellen Lundgren.  Ellen (pictured at right) will be at Skepticon 4 all weekend and has said she’s willing to discuss her story with anybody interested. Confession I wrote an earlier post with some details on dealing [Read More...]

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles: Stupider Than Church

I recently had my wallet stolen, which sucks.  I also suspect, since I cannot find my social security card, that it never got taken out of my wallet after I brought it into work during my first week.  Balls. So I have to replace my driver’s license and other documents.  As a hopefully somewhat clever [Read More...]

Adventures in Polyamory

It’s kind of strange, my life.  I am often told I’m a role model (and frequently told by people I should behave like a role model, whatever that means).  However, the truth of the matter is that I’m still pretty much a kid trying to figure things out (while trying to be responsible at the [Read More...]

FtB Interviews: Greta Christina

We’re rolling merrily along with these interviews. We’ve already had Greg Laden, Jen McCreight, Kylie Sturgess, and Assassin Actual. Today you get Greta Christina. Greta Christina is one of the most beloved and admired figures in this movement. She has also become one of my confidants and closest friends over the course of the last [Read More...]


I have no content written up for today, mostly because I didn’t so much as skim the news yesterday. This was because video games turned me into an unproductive slug. Hillary Clinton was right. Thankfully, my blog has always been about writing what’s on my mind, and what’s on my mind right now is Elder [Read More...]

Guess Who Thinks Sexually Abusing Children Used to Be Normal

This post removed because it contained factually errant information.  That was my fault and was addressed in the comments.  I’m not a fan of leaving posts up when they contain inaccuracies (because misinformation sucks).  If a battle cannot be won playing fairly, it shouldn’t be won. [Read more...]

Leadership in the Form of a Shirtless Dancer

Ashley sent me this video.  It sums up the entirety of all the activism work I did in college.  It really captures the essence of leadership and what it takes to make it work. Be the first follower. [Read more...]

FtB Meetup at Skepticon 4

Since there will be six freethought bloggers at Skepticon 4, it’s been decided there will be a meetup!  This will take place Saturday night at 9:30pm at the Farmers Gastropub at 431 S. Jefferson, suite 160.  The place is awesome, and you can swing by to have a beer with PZ Myers, Greta Christina, Jen [Read More...]

This Week's Whipping Boy

A follower on twitter by the handle of JM3virginia pointed me to the twitter feed of Terry Crews the other day.  It was probably because the football-player-turned-actor was throwing out all manner of bad apologetics.  It was like a siren calling to me. So I tweeted at him asking for his best argument for the [Read More...]

Irony Test

Alright infidels.  It’s time to test how well you can detect forthcoming irony.  I give you the following fact: A Catholic Church child safety co-ordinator who was in charge of investigating sexual abuse allegations was jailed for 12 months today… Who was this man? Christopher Jarvis, 49, a married father-of-four, investigated historic claims of child [Read More...]