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August 21, 2014

I have a number of appearances coming up this year (2014: see this post for a complete list, which will be continually updated). But two new ones have been added and two have been updated. Check it out…


First the updates: I mentioned I’d be appearing in Alabama somewhere on the 12th of September (Friday). Well, now the details are in: I will be speaking on the evolution “controversy” in Dothan, Alabama for the Southeast Alabama Freethought Association, 7pm, at Troy State University. The talk i...

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Published on August 21, 2014 12:00 • 21 views

August 15, 2014

What on earth is that? It’s a cool event I’m going to be speaking at (along with Chris Johnson of The Atheist Book fame), near the end of September in Austin, Texas. Summary of links here.


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Published on August 15, 2014 14:26 • 25 views

August 14, 2014

smalldervishmemeYou can help see justice have its day. You can make a real difference standing up against state corruption and tyranny. You can make a difference toward ending, by exposing and shaming, the wanton and deadly racism so common among the men with guns we ask to police our streets (and it is indeed usually the men). This is how.


Unless you’ve been living in a cave (!), you should know by now the story of Michael Brown, an unarmed college student gunned down by Ferguson police, in circumstances so...

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Published on August 14, 2014 10:44 • 21 views

August 13, 2014

If you want Richard Carrier to visit your city, for any organization you are a member or officer of, check this out. Thanks to generous donors covering my losses from a burglary and exceeding that request by several thousand dollars, I have some money I will apply to the cost of visiting other cities to speak next year (mostly in reducing my honorarium, covering book procurement for resale, and some transportation costs). I promised I’d give these benefits to the cities the donations came fro...

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Published on August 13, 2014 18:40 • 10 views

August 7, 2014

Photo of Aoife O’Riordan, close up, Irish girl with slightly curled brown hair and blue eyes behind classic rimless glasses.I said two more. And here’s the third! Aoife O’Riordan (that’s ‘eefa’, like Eva with an f; and of course, oh-reer-d’n) has now brought over to FtB her more-popular-than-she-thinks blog Consider the Tea Cosy. See her inaugural post for an intro to what she’s about. But for the gist:


Aoife is located in a small town in Ireland, and she won’t let you forget it. She gets paid to teach, but will default to roller derby and social theory if given half a chance. She’s quite likely (but not guaranteed...

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Published on August 07, 2014 01:31 • 11 views

August 6, 2014

Self-pic of the Beautiful Heina Dadabhoy.I promised two more awesome women would be joining FtB this week, and lo, here is the second: my good friend (and one of my favorite bloggers) Heina Dadabhoy (and that’s “hee-nuh dad-uh-boy”), also a queer poly ex-Muslim (though her background is interestingly different from Krisht’s). She’s migrated a year of stuff to her new blog Heinous Dealings. And now just launched her provocative inaugural post on her perfectly respectable exhibitionism. She has always been delightfully frank about thi...

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Published on August 06, 2014 01:37 • 10 views

August 5, 2014

Photos of Hiba Krisht side-by-side, at left her past Muslim self fully covered in a hijab, only her face showing, at right her new godless self showing glorious curled hair and bare shoulders.


A queer, poly, ex-Muslim woman has joined our blog network. Formerly pen-named Marwa Berro to blog confidentially, she is now going public with her real identity, Hiba Krisht (and that’s hib- not heeb-), and moving her blog here. Check it out: Between a Veil and a Dark Place. Her inaugural post is a must-read. It will get you fully up to speed on this remarkable woman and what she’ll be contributing here that you might want to keep up on. She also does freelance Arabic translation (to or from...

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Published on August 05, 2014 12:53 • 19 views

August 2, 2014

Does Israel resort to war crimes, and then lie about it, to gain its ends? It has in the past. Which is why I have a hard time believing Israel’s claims now that it isn’t targeting schools and hospitals, which are UN-observed civilian refugee sites. That would be a clear and horrific war crime under international law and the Geneva conventions. I also have a hard time believing what they also in the same breath say (see previous link), that they actually are targeting those sites because they...

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Published on August 02, 2014 14:55 • 40 views

July 31, 2014

Thank you, everyone, for the amazing help and support that came through. Yesterday I was crestfallen at a $2000 loss. As of now, amazingly generous patrons, supporters, and fans have sent me a total of almost $5000. So I am well above what I needed for a financial recovery. I have updated my original post. Anyone who still wants to patronize my work like the old-school way of supporting artists and scholars certainly can. And you can always support me in the usual ways of commerce. But the lo...

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Published on July 31, 2014 19:28 • 28 views

July 30, 2014

I’m hoping to get some small financial help from fans and supporters to help me recover from a setback. My own income ranges between $15,000 and $25,000 a year. So losing $2000 in one burglary hurts. A lot. And that just happened this last weekend. I am fortunate that I combine my income with Jen’s, but she is moving to part time work and going back to school, so our combined income will get us by (tuition and all, plus she has to buy a second vehicle to manage her new schedule without confli...

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Published on July 30, 2014 18:11 • 21 views