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Apr 19 2014

Greta’s New Book is Out

FTB’s own Greta Christina’s new book is out. It’s called Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. I got an advance copy but haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but Greta is always worth reading and always thoughtful and challenging.

Apr 16 2014

Early Bird Pricing Extended for FBB Conference

Good news! We’ve decided to extend the early bird pricing for the Humanism at Work conference until May 1, which means you can attend for $129 rather than $149. That’s about half, or less, of what many conferences cost these days. We’ve really worked to keep the cost as low as possible. Register now!

Apr 16 2014

In Kenya, Romney is President

I’ve always been amused by the fact that t-shirts and hats that are printed for sports teams that don’t win, which thus can’t be sold, are sent to poor countries around the world. Somewhere there’s a village in Cambodia that thinks the Buffalo Bills are the greatest football team ever after winning four straight super …

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Apr 14 2014

Please Help Me Fight a Lawsuit

So it looks like I’m going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that I’ve called him a white supremacist several times over the last few years. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail right now because I need to hire an attorney (one in Texas, unfortunately) and …

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Apr 02 2014

Porn Star Kicked Out of Nazi Party. And Out of Porn.

If you think a porn star who is a college student is a matter of controversy, how about a porn star who is a neo-Nazi? A German porn star has been booted out of a neo-Nazi political party after doing an interracial sex scene. And then she was thrown out of the porn industry for …

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Apr 01 2014

Mousavi on Things Atheists Shouldn’t Say

We clearly did not properly explain the hivemind concept to Kaveh Mousavi, who dares to disagree with me on a couple of the things I said atheists shouldn’t say. Which brings me to #10: Never disagree with me. Seriously, it’s worth reading, a thoughtful contribution to the discussion from a former Muslim perspective.

Mar 23 2014

SD Republican Okay With Racial Discrimination

A Republican legislator from South Dakota who authored legislation that failed to pass that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT people is disappointed that they didn’t go even further and let businesses to discriminate against black people too.

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Mar 22 2014

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I’m going to be doing some traveling and speaking over the next couple months so I thought I’d give a heads up for those who might be within range of any of them. April 4-5 I’ll be at ReasonFest in Lawrence, KS. Friday night I’ll be doing a brief version of my Stand Up Skeptic …

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Mar 20 2014

Fred Phelps is Dead

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Fred Phelps, founder of the vile Westboro Baptist Church, is dead at 84. Am I sad about that? Not a bit. I’m sad for Nate Phelps, though, and I hope he can find some peace and solace, at least in the fact that he managed to become a …

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Mar 19 2014

Acton Loses State and Local Tax Exemption

Well this is an interesting development, though I don’t know that it’s really legitimate. The Acton Institute, a Christian right organization in Grand Rapids, has lost its state and local tax exemption as a non-profit, though it is still recognized at the federal level.

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Mar 19 2014

Fred Phelps on His Deathbed

My friend Nate Phelps alerted the world on his Facebook page that his father, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, is now under hospice care and his death appears imminent. Unfortunately, he is being denied the opportunity to go see his father one last time.

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Mar 18 2014

Quote of the Day

Andrew Sullivan shared this quote from James Madison on Sunday, which was Madison’s birthday. It seems particularly prescient in light of the last 15 years, indeed in light of the entire history of the country. “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops …

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Mar 18 2014

Oh Yes, the Dignity of the Office

After President Obama’s appearance on Between Two Ferns (which was, frankly, overhyped; it just wasn’t that funny, though it had its moments), the press predictably wrung their hands in deep concern about the dignity of the office. Rachel Maddow points out a whole bunch of instances of other presidents going on comedy shows. We should …

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Mar 17 2014

Really, Ezra Klein?

I’ve been very excited to see how Ezra Klein’s new startup at Vox Media develops but I have to confess to being absolutely baffled by his decision to hire Brandon Ambrosino, who is little more than a gay Uncle Tom who has made a career out of being the “good” gay guy who will back …

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Mar 11 2014

Inclusiveness and Diversity: You’re Doing It Wrong

So on Friday I got an email about an event being hosted at Calvin College in Grand Rapids entitled Principled Pluralism: Navigating America’s Increasingly Diverse Religious Landscape. It’s sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project. The text of the invitation says:

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