Atheism and Agnosticism

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Author Eric Metaxas Pumps His Book Miracles and the "Real" Phenomenon in Newps Tonight

    According to a New York Times bestselling author speaking in Newport Beach tonight, miracles are real, he's tracked them and he can explain why they happen--although it is unclear if Eric Metaxas mingled with those seeking them in Grateful Dead concert parking lots. But his topic has prompted the go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Christians and Atheists Debate in Huntington Beach Over Whether Jesus Was a Real Dude

    I knew Huntington Beach Christian Toastmasters and Backyard Skeptics--a group of Orange County atheists, humanists and assorted non-believers--had debated before but who knew these education events have been a regular deal over the past year? Gathering No. 12 is Thursday night in a Surf City church, ... More >>

  • Film

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Atheists, Skeptics and Freethinkers Protest Calvary Chapel Creation Conference TODAY!

    Post moved up from Tuesday to remind that the protest is this evening. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 22, 7:07 A.M.: Those converging on Santa Ana for the annual creation conference kicking off today can expect two straight days of uninterrupted bliss at Calvary Chapel. "Uh, but isn't this a four-day conferen ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 8, 2014

    Gas Station Preacher Man

    [Hey, You!] I'm a Christian, not a bacteria baby

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Atheists to Tear Up Biblical Passages Near Huntington Beach Pier Preacher This Weekend

    It may not have the cache of Michael v. Satan--whole books have been written about that--but a similar conflict is shaping up Saturday afternoon next to the Huntington Beach Pier.A street preacher who regularly evangelizes to inattentive tourists passing by will find himself joined by atheists teari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Is Calvary Chapel Preparing Camp Pendleton Marines to Fight for the End Times?

    Calvary Chapel has more than a few critics--scratch that, Calvary Chapel has a hell of a lot of critics, from folks who don't like its child-molester protecting ways to former members virtually excommunicated because they dared criticize founder/leader/Ra Chuck Smith, to other evangelical Christians ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Bruce Gleason Wants Your God to Noexist

    Forget Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the rest. It's all about us, says Orange County's most famous atheist

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Atheists Unveil Valentine's Day-Tinged Billboard

    ​You don't really need an occasion for Backyard Skeptics to unveil a provocative billboard, but the Fountain Valley-based group of atheists and assorted non-believers do have a special Valentine's Day version going up in Westminster with this message:"Atheists make better lovers--after all, no one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Neptune, Jesus, Santa and Satan Sitting on a Billboard, Promoting Orange County Atheism

    ​For its latest atheist-friendly billboard, Backyard Skeptics is unveiling in Midway City this afternoon a photo lineup featuring King Neptune, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus and the Devil himself, broken up with an orange text box with the words, "What myths do you see?" and under this ditty: "7 Milli ... More >>

  • News

    January 5, 2012

    The LA Times Crosses Over

    How the newspaper's cozy relationship with Camp Pendleton hampers its coverage of religious controversies on the base

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Are Dueling Pro-Christian and Pro-Atheist Billboards the Reason for the Season?

    ​Break out the banjo, geeee-tar and Deliverance song book 'cause it's time to raise a holler over dueling billboards along the 55 freeway.On one side, hanging on a 40-foot trailer in the O'Neil Storage lot facing the 55 near Dyer Road in Santa Ana, is the billboard proclaiming, "Jesus Christ is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Christopher Hitchens' OC Connection

    Flickr user H2g2bobHitch​Christopher Hitchens died Thursday at the age of 62 after battling esophageal cancer, and though his prolific and enlightening work belongs to the world, he did make an Orange County connection late in life.Hitch-22: A Memoir (2010) includes a chapter based on Hitchens hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Backyard Skeptics' "Treaty of Tripoli" Billboard Advocates Separation of Church and State

    ​Having screwed the pooch on a billboard with an atheist-friendly misquote from Thomas Jefferson has not stopped Fountain Valley-based Backyard Skeptics from going to the inkwell again. This time, above a Costa Mesa mattress store, it's a 48x14-foot "Treaty of Tripoli" billboard that boldly states ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Thomas Jefferson Atheist Billboard Debacle Applauded by Humanists

    ​Talk about turning lemons into hard lemonade, humanists are expressing "enthusiasm" over a Costa Mesa billboard featuring an atheist-friendly quote by Thomas Jefferson being taken down shortly after it went up because the third U.S. president apparently never uttered or wrote the message.Why appl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    [UPDATED with a Jeffersonian Misquote:] Jefferson's Atheist Message is Movin' on Up

    ​UPDATE, OCT. 26, 2:20 P.M.: The Jefferson Library Collection at Monticello, which is the world's leading authority on things written and said by Thomas Jefferson, is disavowing the quote the Orange County atheist group Backyard Skeptics attributes to the third U.S. president on a billboard unveil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    OC Atheists Unveil Another Provocative Billboard

    ​This afternoon, under a billboard facing Chapman Avenue in Orange, local atheists unveil the third phase of their "outreach program for letting other non-believers know they have a voice in Orange County." The grass-roots group Backyard Skeptics will unveil their latest billboard, which has text ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Atheists To Cut-and-Paste Bibles Saturday

    ​Atheists will be tearing a page from the Bible Saturday near Huntington Beach Pier.No, that does not mean they'll be borrowing a deed from the Good Book to apply to modern life.They'll be tearing actual pages out of the Bible "to make a point."

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    [UPDATED with Correct Location:] Billboard Promoting Atheism Comes to Santa Ana

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 18, 9:31 A.M.: Backyard Skeptics has corrected the location for its new billboard stating, "Atheism is Philanthropy Without Mythology, Peace Without Superstition."It's at the 55 freeway off Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana.The unveiling ceremony is at 4:30 p.m. today at 1701 Boyd St.--b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    From the Folks Who Brought You No-God Billboards: Curated Viewings of Carl Sagan's Cosmos

    ​Atheists: so hot right now. They've been erecting billboards, engaging with church folk and even showing up at high schools in Orange County to enlighten young people.For their next act, the non-believers will be gathering at a San Juan Capistrano theater tonight to look up at the stars.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Northwood High School Atheists Bond with Elders

    ​Northwood High School in Irvine has an atheist club. Who knew?Backyard Skeptics knew, and the Orange County group of non-believers joins the club in Northwood High's auditorium this afternoon to discuss their views on godlessness.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    God v. No God Debate Tonight

    Sean McDowell​Four high school students--two atheists, two Christians--debate tonight over the existence of The Big Guy.The God v. No God debate sprang from the mind of Sean McDowell, son of Christian author Josh McDowell and the head of Capistrano Valley Christian Schools' Bible Department. His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Freethought Conference in Land of No-God Billboard

    ​Atheists, skeptics, humanists, church-and-state separatists and others punching cards for one-way trips to H-E-DOUBLE-MATCHSTICKS gather in Irvine this the Lord's Day to get their godless freak on.Sunday's second annual Freethought Alliance Conference at the Hilton Irvine presents 11 secular spea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    City Church of Anaheim Calls Hypocrisy on CBS Outdoor

    Courtesy of Pastor Kyle Steven Bonenberger​In the cacophonous religious discourse in Orange County, things can get murky, gray and downright confusing. Especially when a church decides to do something provocative. To wit: Last week, 27-year-old pastor Kyle Steven Bonenberger of Anaheim-based City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    It's Not a Sign from God: OC Atheists Spread the Word

    "What the hell?"​An Orange County secular group has put up a billboard at a busy Huntington Beach corner informing atheists they do not walk alone in their lack of faith."Don't Believe in God? You Are Not Alone" states the sign at Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue, which also includes "OrangeCoR. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Chatting With Bill Maher About Rick Warren And Orly Taitz

    From Religulous: Bill Maher on the left, Jesus on the right.​Comedian, talk show host and atheist evangelical Bill Maher will perform at the Grove of Anaheim on Sunday, Sept. 13. We got a chance to chat with him on the phone last week, mainly to ask him for his thoughts on all things Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    OC's Yaron Brook Waxes Poetic About "The Amazing Randi"

    Broward-Palm Beach New Times, one of our Village Voice Media sister papers on the opposite coast, has an exhaustive cover story this week on one of their most-famous residents, James Randi, who is also known as "The Amazing Randi."Near the end of reporter Michael J. Mooney's piece, "The God of the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Happy Good Friday, Straight From the Email Inbox

    Two very different Easter takes arrived in Clockwork's inbox today, Good Friday, from Tim Leedom and Bobby Bible.Newport Beach filmmaker and author Leedom has written extensively about the true origins of religions and religious mythologies. He writes:THE JESUS PUZZLEAt least two times a year, Jesus ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    No, God!

    Atheist Alliance Convention

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Schism Occurring At Faith Community Church?

    Orange County Christianity has more than its share of charlatans, but few are more offensive than the Reverand Robert Morey, the resume-stretching head of Faith Community Church in Irvine. Every time we discuss him, we get email from former or current members of his congregation alleging all kind of ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2007


    Orange County authors try to bring unity to people of different religious faiths. For this they will face the wrath of believers. Again.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2006

    OCC Excommunicates the Pledge

    In a meeting on Wednesday night, Orange Coast College student trustees voted to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from their meetings, citing an incompatibility between nationwide submission to God and justice for all. Student trustee Jason Bell explained his position to Reuters: "That [under God] part ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 7, 2002