4. elsewhere

National Center for Science Education – They fight the good fight of keeping science in science classrooms.

The Thinking Atheist – Podcasts, great videos, discussion forums, and more for nonbelievers looking for support and community. The founder is a former Christian broadcaster.

Sam Harris – Harris is a neuroscientist who’s probably most well known for his books Letter to a Christian Nation and The End of Faith. One of the things I really like about him is his interest in “spiritual” things like meditation. I was never one to pray or meditate (just could never do it), but some people really value silent, inner reflection, and it has a scientific basis. Also, I kind of have a crush on him, but don’t tell anyone.

Ken Miller – A biology professor at Brown University and a frequent expert witness in trials about creationism in textbooks, Miller is also a devout Catholic and a really nice man. I’m a huge fan of his book, Finding Darwin’s God, and I always recommend it to Christians who don’t want to deny science.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson – I’m in love with this man. Let’s just leave it at that, shall we?

Bart Ehrman – One of my favorite Bible scholars, Ehrman is a former conservative Christian who is now an agnostic. His books on the history of the Bible and early Christianity have been my favorites since I was in college and still a staunch believer.

Freedom from Religion Foundation – Founded by former Christian missionary and preacher Dan Barker (Godless), they work to keep religion out of government.

The AHA Foundation – Established by an amazing woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (InfidelThe Caged Virgin), this foundation helps women escape from religious oppression such as genital mutilation, arranged marriages, honor killings, etc.

James Randi – Randi is famous for exposing fraudulent claims about faith healings, supernatural events, etc.

Faitheist – Chris Stedman’s blog about working with religious communities on service projects and dialogue.

Rachel Held Evans – A Christian blogger who represents the best of what religion can be.

Sarah Bessey – Ditto. Her book Jesus Feminist is on my reading list.

Deep-Fried Freethinkers – Southern skeptics.

Skepchick – Skepticism, feminism, and fun.

Richard Dawkins – Dawkins is a genius whose books make science into poetry. I have my issues with him, but his voice is an important one.

The Malala Fund – Named for Malala Yousafzai, the Muslim girl shot by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, this organization works for girls’ rights around the world.

Derren Brown – Magician, mentalist, skeptic. Look for his videos and shows on YouTube. They will blow your mind. On the subject of religion, I especially recommend “Fear and Faith, part 2” and “Messiah.” But really, watch everything he does. He’s that entertaining and amazing.

The Clergy Project – Resource for current and former members of the clergy who no longer believe.

Christopher Hitchens – The Hitch. Just look him up on YouTube and enjoy that voice and that mind. You won’t agree with everything he said. Does it matter?