ABC’s “What Would You Do?” Gets It Very Wrong

Today someone shared with me a link to a promotion for an episode of ABC’s “What Would You Do?”

For those unfamiliar, the program uses actors in public spaces to test how the general public will react to particular situations that often involve moral responses. I’ve seen one where a man slips drugs into his date’s drink in front of other bar patrons while his date is in the bathroom. Many people came forward to warn the woman about what had happened, and a few challenged the man with the drugs directly. In another segment, they had a pretty blonde woman struggling with her bike lock at a local park. Passersby stopped to assist her. When the person struggling with the lock was changed to a young black man, however, the responses were quite different–hostile and accusatory. [Read more…]

“A Better Life” the Movie – Austin Premier in June

Author and Film-maker Chris Johnson will be in Austin for a showing of his film version of his book “A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God”. The event is free for ACA members, but there will be a $5 charge for nonmembers of ACA. It will be held June 28, 2015, from 1-3 PM, at the Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway, Austin). If you’d like to join the Facebook event page and receive updates, please feel free.

Chris’ journey began with a book. He reached out to us at The Atheist Experience while he was working on his project, and we have followed his progress ever since, with many of us supporting his efforts with participation and resources, because it’s a cause many of us felt comfortable getting behind.

As part of the effort to produce the book, Chris also videotaped the atheists who agreed to interviews. After the book’s publication, he began work on processing and editing the video footage to produce a companion film version. During the 2014 ACA Annual Bat Cruise, Chris came to Austin to be a joint “pre-cruise” speaker along with Richard Carrier. Chris presented a short trailer for the upcoming film and talked about the inspiration behind his project—to dispel the negative misconception of atheists as people without joy and meaning.

That same weekend, you may recall seeing Chris and Richard both on The Atheist Experience talking about their respective projects.

Since then we’ve been expectantly following the progress of the movie at this blog. And if you have as well, then you are aware it opened with a world premier to a sold out crowd in London earlier this year. He’s been showing it all around the globe, and we are extremely excited to have him coming back to Austin to showcase the culmination of all his hard work.

Hope you can make it!

Viewer Asks for Your Help with Some Questions

Hi All:

We have an e-mail from a viewer who has a LOT of questions. I began to answer it, and got about halfway down before I thought “this is taking A LOT of time.” I asked him if he was OK with me sharing his questions at the blog for reader/viewer response, and he was. So, please feel free to offer your responses. I am sending him this blog article link so he can read your feedback and clarify any questions you may have if he wants to join in. Thank you all for helping this viewer! [Read more…]

ReAsonCon 2015 | April 25 | Hickory NC

I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at last year’s ReAsonCon. It was an amazing experience, with atheists traveling from all over NC and neighboring states just to attend. The crowd was enthusiastic and inspirational, and I was very excited to be asked to participate in this year’s event as well.

In addition to me, a number of other familiar names will be there to speak and present, including ACA’s own Beth Presswood. Others you’ll want to come and check out, include Phil Ferguson, David Smalley, Heina Dadabhoy, and David Fitzgerald.

Some of your favorite podcasts will be there representing as well, including Atheist Avengers, Cognitive Dissonance, The Scathing Atheist, No Religion Required, Bar Room Atheist, Atheist Roundtable, Everyone’s Agnostic, Dogma Debate with David Smalley, and more.

If you’re interested in attending and would like more information or tickets, they have an official website up promoting the event and offering the full range of everything you need to know to get there, stay there, and have a great time.

Hope to see you all there!

Open thread for AETV #893: Russell and Tracie

Russell and Tracie take viewer calls.

Edit: Russell here, piggybacking on this post to say I’m going to be giving a talk at St. Charles Community College near St. Louis, MO next week. Here are the details to share on Facebook.

The even will be held on December 2 at 6 PM in the SSB auditorium in SCC, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. The place is booked until 8:30, and then the group will go hang out somewhere to be announced afterwards. See you there! If you know any Christians in the area, spread the word, since there will be plenty of Q&A time.