Viewer calls today.
Viewer calls today.
Partly in response to the Salon review of Atheist TV last week in which our show was deemed to be “horrifying,” Alex Gabriel has done a bang up job writing about the privilege of being an atheist who doesn’t experience religious abuse, and refuses to believe that anyone else does either. Won’t you take a look?
This is Don. I hijacked this post so that I could share some of the links that I used for the show today, in case anyone else wants to follow some of the details.
The show idea came from David Swanson, “Why We Allow the Destruction of our Planet” in The Humanist magazine. Another good article is How the Religious Right is Fueling Climate Change Denial. Another prominent point came from this disturbing Newsweek poll on end-times belief.
Some of the Christian climate crazy is tracked at Right Wing Watch.
John Shimkus is a powerful Congressman who has had some nutty things to say about whether climate change is real.
James Inhofe is pretty sure climate change is a hoax, though he seems to be in the pocket of those with vested interests.
Some ministries have done multimedia presentations calling scientists idolaters and communists.
John Hagee, who peddles end-time snuff porn as part of his ministry is pretty convinced that bad weather is just all part of the plan.
Hey, good news everyone! The Atheist Experience got reviewed in Salon!
Well, okay, it was not the most complimentary review we’ve ever received.
Well, okay, it’s called “I spent a day watching AtheistTV — and it was horrifying”. The review was set up as a general overview of the new Roku channel from American Atheists, but it also devoted a plurality of its copy to describing scenes from our show, and the cover photo was of Matt and Jen.
Russell and Tracie take viewer calls.
Hey everyone, you’ve probably all heard the news by now that The Atheist Experience is now one of the flagship shows for the newly launched Atheist TV channel. Atheist TV is a project of American Atheists, which has created a Roku channel dedicated entirely to programming by freethinkers. At the current time, they aren’t equipped to handle live broadcasts as they happen. However, we have provided them with a number of previously recorded HD episodes, and will continue uploading new content as the shows are completed. Hopefully in the future we can work out a way to air live episodes as well.
A reporter from the BBC got in touch with us to get more information about our show, as a small part of a larger story about Atheist TV and what atheists face in the United States. Based on all the emails we got yesterday (thanks for the breaking news, fans!) the story has gone live.
You may have seen the prior post at this blog announcing the 2014 ACA Annual Bat Cruise specifics. At that time tickets were not yet on sale, but we now have our order form up at the ACA web page. Visit the page/form for details and costs.
Keep in mind, since it’s a cruise, space is limited. Once we sell out, that’s all the seating we have available. The boat has a capacity we cannot exceed.
Just to offer a quick summary of the event, we are pleased to have two guest lecturers, author and historian Richard Carrier, and the man behind “The Atheist Book” project, Chris Johnson. Both will be presenting at our regular lecture venue, between 1:15 – 4:00 PM, prior to joining us on the cruise. The lectures are free with purchase of cruise tickets.
A much more streamlined look for FtB. Quite nice, I think. Now we just need to keep filling it with worthwhile content. Thanks to all the viewers and readers who keep us on our toes.
I can only think that what was on Richard Dawkins’ mind when he composed his most recent series of tweets was that he hoped to reassure critics of his, erm, often problematic approach to social issues that he wasn’t really saying or suggesting the awful things they thought he was. The result has, I fear, made an awkward situation worse. For starters, the tone of scolding condescension doesn’t help.
Someone might have tapped Dawkins on the shoulder at this point and gently suggested that addressing rape survivors as if they were creationist numbskulls who never grasped the whole thinky thing might have been the wrong approach. So he attempted to clarify some more.