I am a writer, speaker and secular activist. After spending several years touring as a stand up comic, I tired of explaining my jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the primary outlet for the voices in my head. I own the Freethought Blogs
network and am the voice behind the popular blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars
. I also write a quarterly column for Secular World magazine about blasphemy laws and freedom of speech around the world. Lastly, I am the Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief.
I am on the board of advisers for the Center for Inquiry of Michigan and am the co-founder and past president of Michigan Citizens for Science. I've appeared on the Rachel Maddow show twice (see video here
), the Thom Hartmann show and I'm fairly sure I'm the only person to ever make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN (Part one
, part two
). I've also appeared on Point of Inquiry
and many other podcasts and radio shows.
I am fortunate enough to be invited to speak to conferences and organizations around the country. You can see a long speech I gave about the 2005 Dover "intelligent design" trial here
Lastly, I am writing a book about the plaintiffs in church/state cases -- school prayer, creationism in schools, etc. -- and the almost inevitable abuse and violence they receive from their local communities. The book is called By Their Love: Violence in Defense of Christian Privilege.