David Fitzgerald joins us to discuss his new book and the current climate surrounding religion and social politics.
Karen Straughan is a Canadian spokesperson for Men’s Rights. She is a producer and writer, known for My Thoughts Re Chris Cantwell (2017), Revenge of the Misogynerds (2017) and The Red Pill (2016). She is also a YouTube creator that creates videos criticizing feminism.
We have a chat with YouTuber, Kevin Login on what we feel the differences are between nationalism and globalism. We had many viewpoints represented int his conversation.
Carl "Sargon of Akkad" Benjamin is a popular independent Vlogger with over 700,000 subscribers on YouTube. A skeptic of ideologies both theological and political, his channel is dedicated to rational arguments backed by evidence. Sometimes a polemicist, at other times soft spoken, Sargon of Akkad has created a considerable amount of content regarding skeptical thought.
Derrick is both a recovering alcoholic and an independent student of comparative religion and biblical criticism--an amateur philosopher of religion, so to speak, who's dedicated over a decade of study to the field. Having extensive experience with both addiction and religious studies, he felt that he was in a unique position to share his story of secular redemption in "Addictus: A Nonbeliever's Path to Recovery."
Paulogia is a former Christian that takes a look at the claims of Christians, wherever science is being denied in the name of ancient books.
Checkout Paulogia's channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIS4cWaXgWpznjwovFYQBJQ
Bearing is a popular and entertaining Aussie You Tuber with over 400 thousand subscribers. This Youube star, lovingly referred to as "Bearing," makes videos which cover socio-cultural topics, feminism, social justice, and politics. His videos feature a good bit of biting satire and hysterical commentary. He's also known for being the world's biggest cunt ... errrr ... we mean he wrote a song, called "The World's Biggest Cunt" ...because he's also a musician.
Bearing discusses his channel and how it has developed over time. We also get an insight into Bearings successful professional life before his You Tube success. Bearing explains how Sargon of Akkad was one You Tube creator that inspired him to create his channel originally. If you love Bearing’s content, you will love this interview.
Checkout Bearing's You Tube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW_vaMPlq8J4weKDsfeJzw
We lost $12k on #Mythcon 2017 and are raising money to support the cost of #Mythcon 2018.
We cannot stop talking about, listening to and challenging ideas and issues that are important to us. We will not find progress talking only to those who agree with us. We need to explore beyond our comfort zone, ask difficult questions, criticize ideas and try to find common ground in order to work on conflict resolution.
In 2017, we received major social media backlash due to our inclusion of YouTubers Sargon of Akkad , Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nHead - which caused our 100% volunteer-run, nonprofit conference to LOSE funds. For example:
- We were petitioned to de-platform our speakers.
- Our venue received messages saying we were attracting a white supremacist crowd - forcing us to pay for additional security.
- Our hotel received harassing calls and emails.
- Speakers and special guests backed out weeks before the conference with non-refundable airfare.
- Members of our own team were threatened with doxxing.
#MythCon, put on by Mythicist Milwaukee, gives participants and speakers a chance to share and discuss a wide spectrum of ideas among those with differing viewpoints and beliefs. By inviting speakers from outside of our typical atheist circle, MythCon’s crowd of more than 560 people possessed a more diverse set of viewpoints and discussion topics than ever before.
Mythicist Milwaukee is a secular organization that promotes dialogue about religion, culture and freedom of thought. We adopt principals on free expression, with the understanding that Mythicist Milwaukee will not inhibit debate or de-platform speakers based on ideas. As an organization, it is not our place to pass judgments on ideas. It is up to our community to make those judgments for themselves - and to challenge and participate in discussion and debate surrounding ideas they disagree with.
We believe that reasoned debate and discussion can help to de-escalate tensions in light of the current
sociopolitical climate, and to create understanding among differing religious views. We hope to continue our efforts in 2018 and beyond.
Thank you to those who continue to support us in our efforts! The full video is up here:
We also discuss the upcoming "Science Moms" film that will start screening in October of 2017. Make sure to check out Natalie on the Science Enthusiast Facebook page and all of the otehr media that she contributes to.
Seamus and John from the Free Thought podcast joins us for part two of our conversation on religion, politics and entertainment. Part one of our conversation can be heard on their channel. We delve into many topics that surround secularism and the separation of church and state. We discuss the importance of entertainers and how main stream media can help promote normalizing Atheism.
Seamus is a former law enforcement officer turned atheist activist. He grew up as a believer in Christianity and became a member of the Church of Christ. After having a moment of clarity (which involved having to be medically revived from death), Seamus found his way to reason and a secular view of the world. He then created his own podcast to promote free thought and positive atheism known as ‘The Free Thought Prophet.’ Seamus is also a member of Secular Student Alliance. He has a BA in Criminology with a minor in Psychology, a musician and is a proud single father.
John Hamill grew up in Belfast but now lives south of the Border in the Republic of Ireland, with his wife and four children. He is currently a member of the National Executive at Atheist Ireland and he has previously served as Secretary of Atheist Alliance International. His work at Atheist Ireland has included a number of campaigns, including bringing to an end the practice of Irish universities in awarding without tender, millions of €uros in public money annually to the Roman Catholic Church for chaplaincy services. He also participated in the first ever formal meeting between the sitting Irish Prime Minister and an atheist advocacy group.
Greg aka Armoured Skeptic is a well-known Canadian atheist YouTube content creator who focuses mainly on religion and often debunks many statements made by religious fundamentalists and apologists. June, aka Shoe0nhead, is a popular YouTube content creator from New York who enjoys ranting about the bizarre world we live in today.
We were extremely honored to have two very talented and well informed entertainers on the show. We discuss many topics that surround secularism and the social climate. This is a must listen interview! Make sure to buy your tickets today to meet Greg and June live in Milwaukee on Saturday September 30th, 2017!
Ardent Atheists Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about atheism, deism and the effects of religion on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of atheists, agnostics, deists, scientists, humanists and the occasional god-loving, scripture-quoting crusader. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny. You can find out more about them on their website here.
Emery is a filmmaker, director, producer, and comedian. He's worked with Penn Jillette, and was the editor of film The Aristocrats and The Green Room with Paul Provenza. He directed "Jake Johannsen: I Love You", Chris Porter's, "Screaming From The Cosmos" and produced "Doug Stanhope's, "Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere" as well as Teller's film, "Play Dead". Emery is a former evangelical Christian whose religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to become a skeptic of all things woo.
Heather is a singer, actress, editor, producer, and burlesque veteran. She got her start at the age of 16 as a co-host and mini dancing superstar of the nationwide television show “Dance Party USA”. She has also appeared on Sesame Street and in “Mannequin 2” and the Disney film “Annapolis”. She is currently the lead vocalist of Penn Jillette's No God Band in Las Vegas.
Ben Fama Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker, freethinker, and entrepreneur, noted for his work on his short film A Virus Called Fear, the new documentary Reasons To Believe, host of the podcast Reality Trip with Ben Fama Jr., and owner of Fama Media Productions, LLC.
As a graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Filmmaking and the Sedona Film School (where he won Best Director both years), he has been featured in Huffington Post and his films have been featured on PBS, Medibiz.tv, and IndieFlix. Ben’s films and talks reflect the social and psychological behavior of humans and their social constructs on society. His goal is to challenge the way we think and see the world, as well as what we believe.
Ben is an open advocate for mental health, science and education. Ben loves psychology, music, film, art, nature, science, and knowledge.
Prior to working for the foundation Robyn’s career was as a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial writer at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.
Robyn is an expert on civil liberties and civil rights. She has written extensively on church-state separation, free speech and privacy issues as well as economics and the diminishing power of the middle-class. In 2012, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
Robyn was the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida from 1989 to 1997, and executive director of the ACLU of Utah from 1987 to 1989. In that role she led efforts to protect abortion rights, student free speech rights and to prevent the adoption of school vouchers, among dozens of public policy battles.
Robyn attended Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, graduating with honors in 1982. Her law degree comes from New York University School of Law where she graduated in 1985 and is a member of the New York State Bar.