International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Charity Event, or “What I’m doing this weekend”

When I talk publicly, people often ask if I have a page or somewhere they can go to find out what I’m going to be doing and where/when. I say that I really don’t. But often say that I would likely post such things to the Blog at TAE, since that’s where people know me from.

That being said, I’m then very negligent about posting things to the blog that I’m involved with. So, today I’m trying to actually be responsible and post something I’ll be doing this weekend, which is participating in a charity podcast to raise money for IAVI (see blog title for explanation of acronym).

If you want to know more about the weekend event, or would like to donate or share the promotional segment to help promote it, here’s the promotional video:

Martin says farewell

I have decided it’s time to leave The Atheist Experience.

I’m not rage-quitting and there is nothing negative inspiring this decision. Now that I’ve entered a new decade of my life, I am ready to pursue other interests (not the least of which is completing a long-overdue documentary project), and I feel as though I’ve done my bit for movement atheism. Basically, I’m just doing an Ashley Perrien here, and it’s the right move at the right time for me.

I’ll still be around and I’m cutting no personal ties. I may see some of you at after-show dinners or the Bat Cruise when time allows.

My very best wishes go out to Matt and Russell and Tracie and Jen and Don and John, and our superb and dedicated crew as they move forward. I would be only too happy to see my slot in the cohost rotation filled by a younger, fresher voice in whom the passion for atheist activism burns like a tiny sun. A Millennial, and even a PoC, would be fantastic if the group finds someone like that ready and willing.

Thanks to everyone for many awesome and exciting years, and letting me be part of one of the most vital atheist media outreaches there’s ever been.

Atheist Community of Austin board election this Sunday

Hey Austin locals, our annual elections will be taking place this Sunday at 1:00 PM CT at the ACA Freethought Library, 1507 West Koenig Lane in Austin. Any member in good standing may attend the election meeting and vote on board members. If your membership has lapsed, you may renew at the meeting and vote.

Here is a statement our current president Jen Peeples made on our official Facebook group earlier this week:

After much consideration, I have decided not to run for the board this year. This was a difficult decision, because I’ve had the pleasure of serving with an amazing group of people on the current ACA Board of Directors. We’ve been able to get a lot done, and although we’ve had some disagreements, they’ve been constructive, and the organization is better for it. The ACA Board is not an echo chamber, and that’s a good thing.

My reasons for not continuing on the board are entirely related to competing demands on my time. Without getting into more detail than anyone needs or wants, I have a number of things going on right now, both personally and professionally, and I just don’t feel like I can give the ACA the time and attention it deserves. Being the ACA President really is just like running a small corporation. I’ve fallen far short of what I’d hoped to do as President, and when I consider what I have ahead of me in the coming year, well….I need to step back and not be the roadblock.

So, I’m passing the reins to Russell, who will run for President in the election on Sunday. Tracie Harris has graciously agreed to run for Vice President. They’ll both be phenomenal in their new roles.

I’ll still be around as an admin in this group and in the other ACA groups and pages, engaging in spirited debate and swatting the occasional troll. You’ll still see me on the TV show, and who knows, maybe I’ll even (finally) make an appearance on the Non-Prophets.

I’m currently running unopposed, although if you would like to show up and vie for that position, or any other board seat, please feel free. See you Sunday!

Open thread for #20.14: Matt hosts Sarah Morehead and Neil Carter

Sarah and Neil discuss their project “Removing the Fig Leaf” with Matt.

At the “About” section of their blog:

Those of us who will be contributing to this blog have plenty to say about the deleterious impact of religion on our sexuality. Each of us has shouldered the burden of guilt and shame placed on us by our religious upbringings. Each of us has had to “remove the fig leaf” in our own way, and perhaps we will never be completely done with that process.  When you are taught to be ashamed of your humanity during your formative years, the baggage stays with you for the rest of your life.

But it does get better. Each of us has worked through these issues to some level of personal satisfaction (heh), and this digital space has been created to talk about how we’ve progressed. We will use this blog platform to unpack our own religious hangups around our sexuality, picking apart those ideas which shackled our own enjoyment of ourselves and of others. Just about anything related to sexuality is fair game, since it’s all connected, although the focus of this blog will be on the intersection of faith, skepticism, humanism, and sexuality.

Episode 20.10: Matt and Martin

Nice show today, although my mic was still messed up. I’m starting to wonder if I simply function as a damping field for all of the studio’s electronics. My light even went out about a minute before the show. Ah, well. Apart from that, I enjoyed our first caller, a Christian with whom we had a fruitful discussion, in which Matt made himself understood as to why personal testimonials about life-changing results are still no measure by which we can conclude anything about the truth of Christianity’s supernatural claims.

Also, here’s the Presuppositionalism Panel Discussion video that Matt talked about participating in.