Camp Quest Texas needs YOU

If you’re living anywhere in or near Texas, this means you!

Camp Quest Texas really appreciates all the generous donations they’ve received over the years, and those are still welcome. However, what they need from supporters more than anything is their time. To put it simply, word of mouth has spread like crazy over the last few years, and since CQTX runs for one week of the year in a camp with limited space and even more limited staff, it’s hard to accommodate all the campers who would like to attend each year.

If more people were willing to get involved, they might be able to expand the number of cabins they can support, or even admit a new group of campers during a second session. So if you’re local, and have some time to offer during the month of August, please consider getting in touch with them when you can.

Go here to volunteer.

We Hate Movies: Christian Wish Fulfillment edition

Earlier this week, Beth’s Facebook page linked me to an ridiculous interview with Kevin Sorbo, of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys fame. Kevin is attached to an appalling movie called God’s Not Dead. What’s this gonna be about? Based on the trailer, it is a feature length version of that old urban legend about the atheist professor’s brain. It’s a story that’s been told over and over again: By Jack Chick in comic form, as a laughable anecdote about Albert Einstein and various other smarty pants people, as a “nerds vs. jocks” standoff with a marine.

Here’s the formula: Wholesome Christian boy meets professor. Professor mocks boy. Boy stands up for Christianity. Boy humiliates professor. Atheist looks stupid. The end. It’s great for a thirty second anecdote, but if you use your

Imaaaaaaginaaaaation

you can drag that sucker to 113 minutes running time!

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Open thread for AETV #854: Unitarian Universalists

Russell Glasser and John Iacoletti talk about Unitarianism, in John’s first episode as regular cohost. Video should be up soon.

During the show, I mentioned to a caller that I had recently done a panel discussing Presuppositional Apologetics with Justin Schieber and Dan Linford. It seems that this video is not easy to search for, so here’s a direct link:

Apologetics baiting fail

Email from a fellow who calls himself “Destroyerof Atheists” [sic]:

this is for matt D
does he see these?
maybe you can pass it along
he seemed sincere so i wanted to ask him some questions

does he represent atheists?

has he ever debated/talked with/met a representative of the Creator?

is he sincerely looking to find the Truth?

does he know how to find his way to work from home and then back again?

does he know/accept that he needs food to eat and air to breathe?

does he know/accept that there are types of things?

this should spark enough curiosity, enough tug on the intellect
if not…
good luck

Actually, my curiosity is sparked. Lots of questions come to mind.

  • Was this type of thing inspired by seeing Buzzfeed and Upworthy headlines all the time? You know… “YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ when you ask me to send the rest of this message!”
  • Have you ever seen a comedian tell half a joke, then stop and ask the audience if he should deliver the punchline? I haven’t, but I would imagine this guy must think that’s an effective delivery style.
  • How is it possible that you could go out of your way to capitalize “Creator” and “Truth,” and yet not bother to capitalize sentences or proper names? Are you e.e. cummings?
  • In what society is “did you know that humans breathe air?” imagined to be something that tugs on the intellect?
  • Do people in category X often stop and chat with somebody whose nickname is a threat of violence to X?

Creationists say the cutest things

Guy P. Harrison sent me this:

22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution

Here are my answers.

  1. Of course.
  2. No.
  3. Almost completely.
  4. No.
  5. Rotation of the earth.
  6. They don’t.
  7. What about them?
  8. Deriving meaning is up to the individual.
  9. No: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis
  10. That’s pithy and dumb.
  11. Who embraces it?
  12. Wrong.
  13. Sure, but tangentially.
  14. Because it’s been observed.
  15. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.
  16. Genetic variability.
  17. See #8.
  18. Fossilization is rare.
  19. Yes.
  20. Easily.
  21. It wasn’t a star, but don’t have enough data.
  22. If Americans come from Europeans, why are there still Europeans?

You’re welcome, creationists!

FTBCon 2 round up

For those of you who weren’t able to watch the live panels this weekend, here are all those in which ACA members participated.

Beth Presswood and Martin Wagner joined in the “Artistic Secularism” panel, with Amy Davis Roth, Ryan Consell, Ashley Hamer, and Lauren Lane.

Jen Peeples and Russell Glasser did a parenting panel with Dale McGowan and Elyse Anders.

Russell and his son Ben, a three year veteran of Camp Quest, briefly dropped in on the Camp Quest panel with David Diskin, before it was cut short by technical difficulties.

Russell was in a “Counter-Apologetics” panel, with Justin Schieber of Reasonable Doubts, and Dan Linford.

A few other panels you might enjoy checking out:

There are plenty more, so please check out the full schedule for many other great videos.

Open thread for episode #850: Using People

Today’s show will feature Russell and Don.

Some links relevant to the show (from Don):

Oh, and during the second caller, this study was mentioned:

FTBCon 2 is almost here!

Last summer, we did an online virtual conference, featuring many excellent and well known atheist speakers giving YouTube lectures and presentations about topics you care about. Next week, we’re doing it again. From Friday, January 31 through Sunday, February 2, you’ll be hearing from these speakers:

  • PZ Myers
  • Stephanie Zvan
  • Brianne Bilyeu
  • Greta Christina
  • Lilandra Ra
  • Miri Mogilevsky
  • Richard Carrier
  • Jason Thibeault
  • Russell Glasser
  • Erin Bilyeu
  • Jodi Thibeault
  • Niki M
  • HJ Hornbeck
  • Chris Pederson
  • Benny S
  • Lux Pickel
  • Robert M. Price
  • Michael Davis
  • Charles Stross
  • Tomas Rawlings
  • Toren Atkinson
  • Rebecca Hensler
  • Andy Cheadle-Ford
  • Patty Guzikowski
  • Sarah Morehead
  • Teresa McBain
  • Kim Veal
  • Raina Rhoades
  • Noa Jones
  • Georgina Capetillo
  • Ken White
  • MA Melby
  • Chelsea DuFresne
  • Lauren Lane
  • Paul Fidalgo
  • Scott Lohman
  • Vyckie Garrison
  • Ania Bula
  • Jamila Bey
  • Heina Dadabhoy
  • Jen Peeples
  • Dale McGowan
  • Courtney Caldwell
  • Dan Linford
  • Justin Schieber
  • Kim Rippere
  • Edward Bartow
  • Curtis Penfold
  • Heather McNamara
  • Ian Cromwell
  • Autumn Nicole Bradley
  • Yau Man Chan
  • Michael Nam
  • Marissa Torres Langseth
  • Cindy Cooper
  • Shanon Nebo
  • Amy Davis Roth
  • Elyse Anders
  • Simon Keegans
  • Ryan Craig
  • Red Tani
  • Dan Fincke
  • Julia Galef
  • Jess Whittlestone

Go to FTBCon.org for full details. You can also check out the current schedule at Lanyrd.com. As far as ACA involvement goes…

  • Russell Glasser and Jen Peeples will be joined by Dale McGowan once again for a panel on Godless Parenting, along with Elyse Anders of Skepchick, Saturday at 11 AM.
  • Russell will also be doing a “Counter-Apologetics” panel with Justin Schieber and Dan Linford, of the “Reasonable Doubts” podcast, Sunday at 3:30 PM.