Matt and John take viewer calls.
Matt and John take viewer calls.
Russell and I are fending off the theist hordes with our mighty brains today on the show. But we will also be dissecting this condescending article on Salon, in which an “I’m an atheist but…” dude (apart from perpetuating the annoying meme that Dawkins, Hitchens and Maher are the global ambassadors of New Atheism, dictating a party line to us all) whinges that we lack proper appreciation of religion’s warm fuzzies. And of course, callers. Below is where you write your thinky bits.
Discussed on show: The Hotline Project.
(Yes, I know I can prattle on. Bad habit.)
This arrived in our inbox late last night:
I’m Augusta and I want to warn all deist and atheist about the coming event.. I’m sure you know the government is corrupt but they have turned on the people and will be doing crazy things. Arm yourselves and also get lots of food and head to Wyoming before September 1st.. I will meet you their.. Be alert..
So now you know. Looks like the anti-government conspiracy theorists are going to be busy this summer keeping an eye on Jade Helm 15 and stockpiling food and ammunition for their trip to Wyoming.
Oh, well – I guess it gives them something to do.
Over the last year or so, The Atheist Experience has been the subject of a German documentary. The documentary, Mission Control Texas, is about religion in America, and especially Texas. It’s a study of contrasts as you can see from the trailer, below. They focused on our show, I think, because we are one of the few places where honest discussion happens about religion on the air.
The documentary is done and they are showing it in at least one film festival in Germany and it will be aired on German television in the coming months. If we ever find out how to buy it, we’ll post something here on the blog. For now, enjoy their great trailer.
Don talks about the use of equivocation as a means of misleading people.
I’m working on a 15 minute segment of my talk for the Freethought Alliance Convention in Orange County in a couple of weeks. I’ve talked about this topic before, but I’ve never tried to sum it up so quickly, so I figured I’d help get the writing going by putting it in blog format. If you’re in Southern California and would like to attend, you may not want to read this as it will constitute a spoiler. Hope to see you there!
If someone demands extraordinary evidence for my nerd credentials, I should only have to mention that I was in my high school chess club. Got a couple of very minor trophies. My dad taught me to play at a very young age, and I taught my son to play in turn. I’ve also taught several other people to play, including my childhood friend Gil, who later went on to coach his local middle school chess team.
When we were kids, Gil had this annoying habit of always trying for a Scholar’s Mate. For anyone who’s unfamiliar with this tactic, a Scholar’s Mate looks like this:
Brief intro about how some religious views negatively impact, or even destroy family structures and bonds when members fail to conform, based on viewer mail regarding the atheist experience in the family environment.
Then on to viewer calls including a brief after show.
I’ll be speaking on behalf of atheism this Thursday evening. If you’re in Austin, feel free to come by. If not, I’m told it will be live streamed and will try to put up the link when I can.
April 16, 6:30PM, Welch Hall Room 2.122
Tiff’s treats and samosas will be served as refreshment.
Update: Here’s the video.
The video starts while people are still arriving. To skip the small talk, an invocation begins at about 6:00, and the actual talk starts at 9:40.
…Since you obviously don’t understand it.
I am writing this in response to a request from Miri Mogilevsky of the Brute Reason blog here on FTB. As has been widely reported, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson went off on a rant in which he fantasized about a male atheist (men presumably being the only people Robertson’s audience can identify with) being tied up and forced to watch strangers rape his wife and daughters. “And they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?'”