TAE wins atheism.about.com’s Readers’ Choice for Favorite Podcast 2012!

Thank you to everyone who voted–even if you voted for another of your favorite programs. And thank you so much to Austin Cline for his tireless efforts over at about.com to keep things interesting for the atheist community. If you haven’t stopped by his site, stop by his site! It’s a great resource for community support and information on all things atheist.


I went to the Reason Rally and all I got was four T-shirts and soaked in rain

Well, no, actually, I got a great deal more than that. But you try coming up with catchy blog headlines late at night.

I certainly didn’t fly out to the thing with no intention of writing about it, so allow me to add a brief recap of my trip that you can add to the accounts you may have been reading all day. I flew into the DC area on Thursday afternoon, intending to spend the Friday before the Rally doing the whole tourist thing, which I did indeed do. Flying always takes it out of me, but Dulles promptly proved itself the greatest airport anywhere by presenting me with the sight of a Five Guys hamburger stall right as I disembarked my plane.
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Never let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy tale

My mom visited last weekend.  She is currently renting a room to a housemate, and it seems that the housemate is a bit inclined towards conspiracy theories.  One afternoon at lunch, mom told me that the housemate informed her that Barack Obama had just signed an executive order seizing control of all resources in the United States.

Mustering all my logical and rhetorical abilities, I decisively replied: “Uh… what?”


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AXP Reason Rally breakfasts: final meetup plans

The trick with these, gang, was finding a place accessible to everyone (even if “accessible” means “Metro rides” for part of it), that would be tasty, reasonably priced, and a good chance that everyone who wants to turn up can. To this end, recommendations from locals and others familiar with DC were invaluable, and I thank you all. Naturally, someone is likely to go “Oh no, not there, here is so much better!” or “Oh no! Perfectly excellent reason why supper would be easier for me!” So while no final decision will make everyone 100% happy, I think this is one that will make most people happy, and if you can’t come, I will be sorry to miss you. But now is the time to make a final plan, because after a certain point (like now, because I fly out very early tomorrow morning) you can’t just keep making changes to the last minute.

There will be breakfast meetups both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Both of these will be held at Kramer Books and Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle, right off the Dupont Metro. Plan to start trickling in about 8:30-ish on Saturday morning, and around 9:30-ish on Sunday.

Here is map for to be making directions. After breakfast, I advise zipping down to the Mall on the Metro, which seems pretty direct.

Here is menu for gustatory pornification purposes. It’s a little pricey but they seem to have a load of options. Plus if you just totally stuff your face, you may very well be able to hold out all through the Rally and the stormy weather.

So this is it. I look forward to seeing everyone, whichever of the two days (or both) you can turn up. I have no idea how many of us will be at these, but the cafe guy told me over the phone that if loads of people just keep trickling in, their shouldn’t be much much trouble accommodating everyone, pulling tables together and such, that early in the morning when they’re less busy than usual.

Can’t wait to see everyone!

Now I have a lot of packing to do.

Matt’s speaking/debate schedule

By the way, if you’ve invited me to speak/debate and don’t see your event on this list, contact me immediately!

This is the rough schedule. I’ll get details added as I get them.

Edit: Postponed (was March 24th)
– Sam Houston University
– Topic: The Superiority of Secular Morality

My apologies…the event at Sam Houston University this Saturday has been postponed. As soon as I have a new date, I’ll let you know. In the meanwhile, if you’re not going to the Reason Rally, be sure to follow all of the bloggers and news stations that are covering it!

April 14th
North Texas Secular Student Convention
– Debate: “Does a god/God exist?”
– JT Eberhard and Matt Dillahunty vs. John Ferrer and Dr. Lee

April 21st
– Binghamton, New York
– Debate: “Does God Exist?”
– Debaters: Jay Lucas vs. Matt Dillahunty
– Time: 7PM to 9PM
– Location: Binghamton University, Lecture Hall 1

April 28th
– UW-Madison “AtheistFest”
– Topic: The Superiority of Secular Morality

May 18th-20th
– Imagine No Religion 2
– Kamloops, British Columbia
– Chris DiCarlo and Matt Dillahunty vs.

July 6-8

– SSA Convention


Edit… my speaking schedule originally listed FreeOK (The Oklahoma Freethought Convention). That was a mistake. I did that event last year and won’t be speaking at this year…but you should all still go. It was a great event and looks like it may be even better this year! It’s June 23rd…go and free Oklahoma!

Open thread on episode 753 / Rally update

Today, Matt welcomes guest David Smalley, host of the podcast Dogma Debate. Pop that popcorn and settle in.

Also, our illustrious host should remember to remind everyone of my attendance at the Reason Rally, coming up very fast. (To think I fly out Thursday…what to pack!?) At the moment, I am leaning towards a Saturday morning, pre-rally breakfast for the AXP meetup. There’s already a bunch of stuff happening the previous night and immediately post-rally (that I want to go to too), so breakfast might be the best bet, except of course for folks only driving in that morning.

I am not flying out until mid-afternoon on Sunday, so another Sunday morning breakfast meetup may be possible if there are folks driving in on Saturday but not leaving until Sunday. I’m trying to accommodate as many of you as possible, but really, what I need is your feedback. So Rally attendees, please provide that here, and if you’re not attending, just talk/praise/gripe about today’s show in general. Cheerio.

Evangelical narcissism: or, Jason Russell really is an epic douchebag

Haven’t really talked much about the whole Kony 2012 flapdoodle here, because up until now, it didn’t seem to be much of a religious issue. But looking over the curious case of Jason Russell, self-appointed savior of Ugandan children and flamboyant public-naked-meltdown-haver, it is necessary for me to prologue this post in order to give you an idea where I’m going with it.
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