Faith Is Apparently A Poor Motivation To Be Honest

Let’s get one thing straight, nobody honestly thought the banner at Cranston High was secular.  The tip off for anybody without a severed head are the words “Our heavenly father” and “Amen”. And the residents of Cranston knew it.  Take this excerpt from the judge’s decision. One citizen, who spoke after Plaintiff, suggested that, “If [Read More...]

Jessica Ahlquist Totally Was the Bad Guy

There is a large, angry mob in Cranston, Rhode Island (and I imagine this mob extends across the United States) who believes Jessica Ahlquist, a shy, overly compassionate high school student is the bad guy.  This boggles my mind. She saw the prayer banner and did not run immediately to the ACLU.  Instead, she informed [Read More...]

Victory for Jessica Ahlquist

Jessica Ahlquist, the brave student at Cranston High School in Rhode Island, has won her lawsuit.  The prayer banner in the Cranston High School gymnasium is coming down. I have often referred to Jessica as the Harry Potter of atheism.  She is young, got thrust into a situation against adults who tried to bully her, [Read More...]

Buy Rock Music, Help Atheism

Todd Stiefel, the man behind the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, is the philanthropist who provided the money for my position with the Secular Student Alliance.  He’s a great guy and apparently a musician (I wonder if he knows about my musical background…perhaps we can jam sometime). His band, Words Such As Burn, which is playing at [Read More...]

Realizing Horrors in One Place, but not the Other

It’s a good thing I already take SSRIs, because I need them after reading the news on some days. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch said today that 19-year-old Edmund Padilla was left with burns and blisters after his father, Erano, attacked him with boiling water. Erano Padilla reportedly told police he attacked his son [Read More...]

In the Care of Insanity

When I write posts about mental illness, I often get thank yous from people who are mentally healthy for giving them an insight into what it’s like living with a mental disease. My friend, Lauren, has written a post at my request.  The post details her experience as a friend of somebody who was, frankly, [Read More...]

Find Me in SWTOR

I play Star Wars: The Old Republic from time to time.  I’ll be playing tonight. Vrook Lamar server.  Republic.  Look for Ureldor.  :) [Read more...]

If Your Argument Can't Beat Homer Simpson, It Probably Sucks

This will make Greta happy. [Read more...]

Daniel Radcliffe on Religion

Daniel Radcliffe recently did an interview where he was asked about the religiosity of his family. My dad believes in God, I think. I’m not sure if my mom does. I don’t. I have a problem with religion or anything that says, “We have all the answers,” because there’s no such thing as “the answers.” [Read More...]

The End of Apathy

There was an article in USA Today recently that made a point worth considering. The hot religion statistical trend of recent decades was the rise of the “Nones” — the people who checked “no religious identity” on the American Religious Identification Surveys (ARIS). The Nones numbers leapt from 8% in 1990 to 15% in 2008. [Read More...]

Help teach skepticism to non-skeptics!

Hi bloggites! Christina here. I don’t know if you know this, but I’ve been organizing and giving skeptical workshops.  Most of the time the workshops are designed to be educational with skeptics as the target audience. However, I’m working on a new one, Skepticism 101. This workshop will be aimed at non-skeptics. I plan to [Read More...]

Mohawks and Charity

The Skepticon conference model (lots of famous atheists at no charge) made the atheist community available to a swath of new people – namely the people who couldn’t afford a few hundred bucks to see/meet their atheist heroes.  A quick glance at the Skepticon crowd will confirm that a lot of those people were students, [Read More...]

Can You Do Vector Graphics?

Ok, so I need a vector version of the SSA logo.  But I can’t do vector graphics. But I’ll be someone out there can.  My email is wwjtd21[at]gmail[dot]com.  Anybody feeling generous?  If so, shoot me an email and I’ll send you the .psd. [Read more...]

Mid-day Thought

When someone cites god’s will as a reason for doing or supporting something, there are two possible ways to rebut them.  You can either argue that god actually wills something else or you can argue that god does not exist to will anything. The liberal Christians are relegated to the first option.  Unfortunately for the [Read More...]