Hunter Avallone is a conservative YouTuber and entertainer with 650,000 subscribers and over 100 million views on his YouTube channel. He is an outspoken commentator on social and political topics and infuses humor into his content and critiques.
Lauren Chen aka @roamingmil is a prominent and very talented conservative commentator, who has an informed approach and values dialogue w/ varying viewpoints.
Checkout Lauren's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLUrVTVTA3PnUFpYvpfMcpg
Roaming Millennial is a prominent YouTube celebrity. She is a conservative commentator, who's soft-spoken, cordial approach juxtaposes nicely along-side typical conservative pundits. Roaming has appeared on Rebel Media, Rubin Report, Prager U, and Louder with Crowder. She will be speaking at the upcoming Kilroy Event in Phoenix Arizona.
J.A. Miraj is a former Mormon and Ex- Sunni Muslim who is just finishing her first book, " A tale of two faiths" about being raised a Mormon and converting to Islam, living under Shariah law in Islamic countries, becoming an extremist, leaving with her kids and the pains and joys of deprogramming.
She makes videos about life in and out of Islam and speaks locally at community and religious events and to share her stories, opinions and to educate about and humanize Muslims and other religious fundamentalists. Check out her "Ask and Ex-Muslim" YouTube channel here.
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
We are joined by YouTuber Hymnalysis to discuss his analysis of the Christian hymsns as well as his transition our of Christianity into atheism. On his channel Hymanysis provides critical analysis of Christian worship music and culture from an alternative perspective. We had a lot of fun in this conversation. You can checkout Hymnalysis' YouTube channel here.
Brian Edward and Kristyn Whitaker Hood interview Dr. Richard Carrier on the Mythinformed podcast, where they delve into the myths that surround Jesus and the Christmas holiday. Christmas does not belong to Christianity. People have celebrated winter solstice in many areas around the world through many religions that date back to the ancient world. This is a fgantastic discussion that covers some of those celebations.
Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview.
He is the author of On the Historicity of Jesus, Proving History, Sense and Goodness without God, Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, Not the Impossible Faith, Why I Am Not a Christian, and Hitler Homer Bible Christ, and a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print. He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military and his current life in polyamory. To learn more about Dr. Carrier and his work follow the links below.
Courtney Heard aka Godless Mom is a blogger, podcaster, and YouTuber that covers atheism and all of the topics that surround the community.
Courtney discusses how she was first introduced to the atheist community and what she has done since she has been involved. Courtney has a fascinating and impressive story. Don't miss this interview!
Hosts of the Mythinformed podcast, Brian Edward and Dmitry K talk with Thomas Smith and Eli about Mythcon IV. Many points that have been brought up on "both sides" after Mythcon IV took place. We try our best to speak to two of the critics of the conference in this interview.
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 had the honor of interviewing Tim Urban on the Mythinformed podcast. Wait But Why is a site founded by Tim Urban and Andrew Finn and written and illustrated by Tim Urban. The site covers a range of subjects as a long-form blog. Content has been syndicated on The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, as well as being referenced on other sites. Typical posts involve long form explanations of various topics, including artificial intelligence, outer space, and procrastination using a combination of prose and rough illustrations.
In June 2015, Elon Musk asked Urban if he would be willing to write about his companies and their surrounding industries, leading to a four-part series of Wait But Why posts on Elon Musk and his companies. Urban interviewed Musk multiple times, and the two discussed the importance of sustainable transport, solar energy, and the future of space exploration. On April 20, 2017, Tim Urban posted the first deep insight into Elon Musk's transhumanist brain-machine interface company, Neuralink. Musk had asked Urban to write an explanatory article about a month and a half before.
You can watch Tim’s TED talk on procrastination here: https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator
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!