FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs predicts the end of the world, again

Imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs issued another end of the world prediction this year. From the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog:

“December is a pretty big month for Warren. He routinely has some kind of end-of-the-world judgment type thing going on,” said Sam Brower, a private investigator whose research into Jeffs and the FLDS was detailed in the book Prophet’s Prey. “It’s his way of keeping his people stirred up and paranoid and scared, and that fear is how he maintains control of them.”

Read the rest of the story here.


2012 Women in Secularism Conference: Intersection of Non-theism and Feminism

From the May 2012 CFI Women in Secularism Conference in Arlington, VA:

Panel title: The Intersection of Non-theism and Feminism

Participants: (Moderator) Annie Laurie Gaylor, Sikivu Hutchinson, Rebecca Watson, Ophelia Benson, and Jennifer McCreight

Amy Davis Roth interview with Skeptical Inquirer magazine

The September/October 2012 issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine features an interview with Amy Davis Roth aka “Surly Amy” of Skepchick and Surlyramics fame:

I now work as an artist full time. I design jewelry that advocates education and science and that celebrates the brave, emerging society of freethinkers that I find myself a part of. It’s nice to be able to carry around a small piece of art that represents skepticism and the rational ideals that are helping to make this world a better place. I try to give back as much as I can to the community that has given me wisdom and so much inspiration, so I use my art to fundraise for many secular organizations and various grant programs.

Read the rest over at the Skeptical Inquirer website.

surly amy davis roth

David Silverman on Sean Hannity

David Silverman from American Atheists was on Sean Hannity last night. A couple quick observations:

  • At the beginning of the segment, a reporter asks random people on the street at Times Square about their thoughts on the billboard. Some (probably Christians) make a valid point about the billboard: Isn’t Santa a “myth”?
  • Hannity seems to be surprised that a donor paid for the billboard. Er, aren’t most non-profits donor funded?
  • Why does Hannity repeat the line “you believe that nothing came out of nothing” as if this some outlandish concept…perhaps he means “something out of nothing”?

American Atheists Times Square billboard

EllenBeth Wachs and Tom Flynn – Center Stage Podcast


Episode 131 – Face-Off in Florida Part 2 of CFI’s Center Stage podcast features:

Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine, giving a presentation titled “Why End Faith-Based Funding?”

EllenBeth Wachs, a Polk County, Florida, atheist activist who suffered outrageous persecution at the hands of an evangelical Christian sheriff and other community leaders.