Debbie is keenly interested in secularism, skepticism, magic and deception, LGBTQ issues, language and perception, and general geekery. She works at the Center for Inquiry as director of outreach, director of African Americans for Humanism, and intro-doer for Point of Inquiry. You can find her on Twitter: @debgod.
  • ActivismJamila Bey and Debbie Goddard at Women in Secularism 2012

    American Atheists’ Outreach at CPAC: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Conservatives? I Am.

    [3/2/15 Correction: The article originally stated that American Atheists president Dave Silverman is a registered Republican. Dave informed me of the error today and said he is “a registered Independent who always votes Democrat because of the theocracy in the GOP platform.” I sincerely apologize for the error. –DG]   I first connected with Jamila Bey because of Skepchick. Back in late 2005 or early…

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  • Random Asides

    Fun with OkCupid: You Can’t Spell “Dating” Without “Data”…well actually, you can.

    I’ve had an active OkCupid profile for about four years now, ever since a couple of geeky friends from my hometown recommended I try it out to meet some new people after moving to Buffalo, NY. I mention that the old friends are geeky because that’s one of the things that attracted them to OKC over similar sites (besides the…

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  • Random AsidesTwix Video Still with Deborah and Bruce

    Twix Helps Dicks Get Chicks?

    (I wrote this flippant piece back in December 2011 but didn’t post it for some reason. But what else am I going to do with it? It’s just been staring back at me from the Drafts folder for the last fourteen months…so here you are.) PB + chocolate. Worth the calories. I sat down at the computer last night for…

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  • ActivismPoverty Graffiti

    Impact Through Education: Yes, the Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty

    Last week I read that Black Skeptics Los Angeles is raising money for new First in the Family Humanist Scholarships, designated for “college-bound Los Angeles Unified School District students in South Los Angeles. Preference will be given to students who are in foster care, homeless, undocumented and/or LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning). Students must have a record of…

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  • ActivismAunt Marilyn

    Cancer. It Matters. Will You Help?

    My Aunt Marilyn died when I was ten. I didn’t know her well—we rarely saw anyone on that side of the family until she started dying of cancer. I think the detachment started when my father changed his last name from the Jewish-associated Gottlieb to Goddard a few years before marrying the whoops-she’s-pregnant non-Jewish immigrant black woman that is my…

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  • ActivismPussy Riot

    Pussy Riot Is on Trial Today

    Have you heard about Pussy Riot? They’re Russian. They’re feminists. They’re largely anonymous. They’re a punk-rock collective of about a dozen women. And several members are facing up to seven years in jail for their “blasphemous” protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. Pussy Riot formed last September in the wake of Putin’s announcement that he would run…

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  • SkepticismJoe Nickell Stay Skeptical

    Joe Nickell, One of the Most Interesting Skeptics in the World

    I’m fortunate to work at the Center for Inquiry, an anti-fantasy land committed to advancing science, secularism, and skepticism, where attending conferences like Dragon*Con or The Amaz!ng Meeting is considered “work.” I get to go into the office each day and interact with some of the leading figures in a movement I care deeply about. We have casual conversations such as,…

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    New Campaign Announced: We Are African Americans for Humanism

    Today I’m proud to announce the new African Americans for Humanism campaign, just in time for Black History Month! Billboards and transit shelter ads featuring historic and contemporary black humanists are going up—in black neighborhoods!—in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC, and Durham NC. The ads highlight historic black humanists Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, and Zora…

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