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Jeremiah Bannister
  • I live with my wife and four children in Dorr, Michigan, midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
  • I graduated with a degree in journalism and mass communication from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. I also minored in political science.
  • I'm the creator and host of PaleoRadio, a talk radio program focused on politics, religion and culture.
  • As a protestant, I was a pastor and advocate for presuppositionalism, theonomy, and postmillennialism--put together, Christian Reconstructionism.
  • As a Roman Catholic, I was a Knight of Columbus, a catechist, and a guest speaker on matters of politics and religion. My final year as a Roman Catholic--and as a Christian--was spent as a sedevacantist.
  • Twitter: @Paleocrat
Dan Barker
  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Former evangelical minister
  • Co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
  • Author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (with a foreword by Richard Dawkins)
  • Author of The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
  • Dynamic Speaker and Debater (and singer!)
  • Frequent media appearances including the Phil Donahue show, Maury Povich, Hannity & Colmes, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Co-host of Freethought Radio
Rob Boston
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Assistant editor of AU's monthly magazine Church & State
  • Leading writer and researcher on church-state topics
  • Serves as spokesman for AU and has appeared on NBC's Nightly News, CNN's Headline News, Fox News, and other programs.
Cecil Bothwell
  • Located in Asheville, NC
  • One of a small handful of openly non-theist politicians in the U.S., dubbed the most Courageous Elected Official of 2010 by the American Atheists.
  • Author of Whale Falls: An exploration of belief and its consequences, and The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire.
  • Winner of national and regional awards for investigative reporting, criticism, humorous commentary and slam poetry.
  • Author of Geoffrey Wasn't Rash (chapbook and tape) and Can We Have Archaic and Idiot? A collection of fictitious tropes.
Jeremiah Camara
  • Located in Lilburn, GA
  • Has been called the "reverse preacher"
  • Extremely comfortable in front of any sized crowd
  • A stickler for being on time
  • Expert on my subject matter
  • Very creative (author, poet, musician, filmmaker, speaker)
  • Able to speak to any demographic
  • I enjoy what I do immensely

Topics Include:

  • Religion's...
    -Economic implications
    -Deleterious effects on society
    -Historical impact on the world
    -Injurious effects (specifically on African Americans)
    -Racism... why it's not what we think it is
    -American precepts of racial inferiority
    -Constitutional myths
    -Slavery (why it's still relevant)
  • And more!
Richard Carrier
  • Located in Richmond, CA
  • Graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia University
  • Holds a Ph.D. in ancient intellectual history
  • World renowned historian, philosopher, and author
  • Atheist evangelist and vocal critic of Christian apologetics
  • Author of several books including Sense and Goodness without God and Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus
  • "Specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism and humanism and feminism, counter-apologetics, historical method, logic and critical thinking (including Bayes' Theorem), the development of ancient science and technology, and the origins of Christianity."

Dr. Carrier would love to talk on subjects relating to:

  • Ancient Roman science, technology, philosophy, and religion
  • The philosophy of naturalism and the importance of naturalism as a worldview
  • Christian apologetics
  • Arguments for and against the resurrection of Jesus or the existence of God
  • Historical method and what makes for a good historian
Fred Edwords
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Guidance and expertise in SSA publications
  • Input into mutual cooperation between SSA and AHA
  • Contributions to SSA literature and content
  • Participation in the Speaker Series and Debate Circuit
David Fitzgerald
  • Located in San Francisco, CA
  • Writer, Public Speaker, Historical Researcher
  • Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration
  • Author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All
  • Has spoken around the country at national conventions such as American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Rapture Day, and Skepticon
Annie Laurie Gaylor
  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Co-founder and Co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Editor of Freethought Today (1985-2009; now executive editor not acting editor)
  • Author of "Woe to the Women: the Bible tells Me So", "Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children", & "Women Without Superstition: No Gods - No Masters"
  • Twitter: @algaylor
Jason Heap
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • Travelled to nearly 40 countries through work, leisure and service projects.
  • Family and friends come from over 10 religious traditions.
  • Qualified as a Teacher of Religious Education in the UK's State-maintained schools.
  • Was first appointed as a Headteacher (the UK equivalent of a 'Teaching Principal' in the US) at the age of 32.
  • First applicant to be a Humanist chaplain to the US Navy (application ongoing).
Adam Lee
  • Located in New York, NY
  • Author of the blog Daylight Atheism
  • Cited in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
  • Won first prize in a science-writing contest judged by Steven Pinker
  • Was singled out in campaign attack ads in 2008 run by a Republican senator
  • Lifetime member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
John Loftus
  • Located in Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Three master's degrees in the area of the Philosophy of Religion
  • Former Christian Minister & Apologist
  • Earned a masterís degree under the infamous Christian apologist William Lane Craig.
  • Author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity - named best atheist book of the decade by†Common Sense Atheism
  • Editor of†The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, which received the 2010 Atheist/Agnostic About.com Readerís Choice Award.
  • He has edited three other important books, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, The End of Christianity and Christianity is Not Great. He also co-wrote a debate book (with Dr. Randal Rauser) titled, God or Godless published by Baker Books.
  • The only skeptic with a reasonable set of credentials that William Lane Craig refuses to debate!†Let's Recap Why William Lane Craig Refuses to Debate Me
Steven Martin
  • Located in Ripon, WI
  • Professor of Communication at Ripon College, in Ripon, WI
  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from Penn State University
  • Teaches courses on the rhetoric of social movements, U.S public address, political campaign communication, public speaking, argumentation theory, and metaphor and social problems
  • Advises the Secular Student Alliance at Ripon College
Matt McCormick
  • Located in Sacramento, CA
  • Professor, Dept of Philosophy, California State University
  • His teaching website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mccormickphilosophy/
  • He runs a blog, Atheism: Proving the Negative, at http://atheismblog.blogspot.com/
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester
  • Has studied the philosophy of religion, epistemology, atheism, and critical thinking for over 20 years
  • About to release a book entitled Atheism and the Case Against Christ
  • Has lectured extensively to student groups, at atheism and philosophy conferences, public groups, and others.
Dale McGowan
  • Located in Atlanta, GA
  • Editor/co-author of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers
  • Author of freethought satirical novels Calling Bernadette's Bluff and Good Thunder Editor of Voices of Unbelief: Documents of Atheists and Agnostics (2012)
  • Founding Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief
  • 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year
  • Author of Atheism for Dummies
Danielle Muscato
  • Located in Cranford, New Jersey
  • Public Relations Director, American Atheists
  • Former Secular Student Alliance Volunteer Network Coordinator and summer intern
  • Former student group leader (SASHA at University of Missouri)
  • Co-editor of the SSA Group Running Guide, 4th ed.
  • Blogger for Humanist Community at Harvard, muSASHA.org, and SkepticFreethought.com
  • Host of "Atheist Viewpoint", a nationally syndicated weekly TV show, also available on the Atheist TV channel free online at www.atheists.tv
  • Former professional Christian worship musician
  • Also available for debates!
  • Muscato is a trans woman formerly known as Dave
  • Twitter handle: @DanielleMuscato
David Niose
  • Located in Lunenburg, Massachusetts
  • Author of†Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, and†Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason†(December 2014)
  • Former president of the Secular Coalition for America and American Humanist Association
  • Legal Director for the American Humanist Association
  • Attorney who has litigated on behalf of Secular Americans
  • Humanist blog at Psychology Today, called "Our Humanity, Naturally."
  • Twitter: @ahadave
Andrew L. Seidel
  • Lives in Madison, WI and loves to travel
  • Degrees include:
    • Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and environmental science, cum laude
    • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
    • Masters of Law, summa cum laude
  • Speaking events:
    • Andrew has given more than 30 talks at universities and law schools across the country.
    • He has given talks and workshops at the last three SSA conferences in Columbus and has debated Bill O'Reilly.
    • He frequently writes for FFRF's blog: http://ffrf.org/new/blog
  • Awards include:
    • FFRF Graduate Student Essay Contest, Second Place 2010
    • Haber J. McCarthy Excellence in Environmental Law Award
    • Outstanding Masters of Law Student, Denver University Law School
  • Forthcoming book on international human rights
  • Attorney, Photographer, Writer, and Former Grand Canyon Tour Guide.
Ed Buckner
  • Located in Atlanta, GA Former president (2008-2010) and current board member, American Atheists
  • Former executive director, Council for Secular Humanism
  • Former president, Atlanta Freethought Society (AFS)
  • Life member, American Atheists, Council for Secular Humanism, FFRF, AFS Author of many chapters, essays, LTEs; editor and publisher
  • Co-editor/compiler, with his son Michael, Quotations That Support Separation of State and Church, 2nd Edition (Freethought Press)
Frank R. Zindler
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • Editor of American Atheist Press
  • Linguist
  • Spent twenty years as a teacher and professor of biology, psychobiology, and geology
  • Outstanding debater and public speaker
William Zingrone
William Zingrone can speak on:
  • The Arrogance of Religious Through
  • Science Rules, Religion Drools
  • Is a Starfish Conscioius?
  • Cognitive Evolution
  • Paleolithic Art and Tools
  • Conceptual Development
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