Thomas Essel is a writer and political activist living “behind enemy lines” in the bible belt. He is the Assistant Director for The Original Motto Project, a not-for-profit group that opposes the national motto “In God We Trust” and seeks to replace it with the more inclusive motto “E Pluribus Unum.” Thomas writes for the Patheos blog Danthropology where he covers politics, religion, and other things people argue about. In addition, he is also an editor for Ye Olde Journalist and his work has appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. Thomas lives in Springfield with his wife, Shannon, two children, and numerous cats.
John W. Loftus
John W. Loftus is a former Christian minister and apologist with masters degrees in the Philosophy of Religion. He wrote Why I Became an Atheist, and The Outsider Test for Faith. He’s edited several other books and maintains http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/.
Anthony Magnabosco lives in San Antonio, Texas and respectfully speaks with people on a variety of topics using Street Epistemology to uncover the reliability of the methods used to arrive at deeply-held beliefs. The conversations are often filmed so others can see the effectiveness of the approach and eventually feel comfortable enough to try it out for themselves. Anthony Magnabosco’s YouTube channel is magnabosco210 and can be found on Twitter @magnabosco.
Lucien Greaves is spokesperson for, and co-founder of, The Satanic Temple (TST).
Advocating for acceptance of non-theistic religious exemption and privilege, TST has proven to be one of the nation’s most effective counter-balances against theocratic encroachments. The organization is best known for its ongoing efforts to place a Satanic monument next to a 10 Commandments monuments on public grounds, and its ongoing legal efforts to oppose reproductive rights restrictions nationwide (including Federal and State lawsuits in Missouri against the State’s mandatory 72-hour abortion waiting period). Recently, TST made international headlines when their offer to deliver an opening invocation at a Phoenix City Council meeting moved the City to end their long-held tradition of public prayer altogether.
Lucien Greaves is an internationally recognized activist who has appeared in numerous high-profile media outlets including, MSNBC, NPR, Huffington Post Live, CNN, Harper’s Monthly, Newsweek, Fox News, Vice, Salon, Rolling Stone, and many more…
Lucien Greaves has lectured nationwide and has been a featured speaker for national conferences held by American Atheists, Atheist Alliance, the Secular Student Alliance, and more.
Libby Cowgill is a professor of biological anthropology at the University of Missouri and her research focuses on several different areas within the field. Specifically, she studies Pleistocene human evolution, human growth and development, human skeletal variation, and functional morphology. She teaches courses in human osteology, human biology and life history, methods of skeletal analysis, and the human fossil record.
Dan Barker was PR Director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation from 1987 to 2004. He was elected co-president of the Foundation with Annie Laurie Gaylor in 2004, with whom he is co-host of Freethought Radio, a national weekly talkshow. He is a contributing editor of Freethought Today and is involved with the Foundation’s state/church lawsuits. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists, many at college and university campuses. Formally an evangelist, preacher, missionary, Christian music producer, and more, Dan gradually outgrew his religious beliefs. “If I had limited myself to Christian authors, I’d still be a Christian today,” Dan says. “I just lost faith in faith.” He announced his atheism publicly in January, 1984. He tells his story in the books Losing Faith in Faith (1992) and Godless (2008).