I haz a priez!

The Freedom from Religion Foundation informs me that I haz been selected to receive the “Emperor Has No Clothes Award” at their 2011 convention in Hartford, Connecticut.

Co-run by Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, the FFRF, as you probably know, does lots of good work, especially in the legal realm, enforcing the Constitutional mandate for separation of church and state.  Last year they got a federal judge to declare the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional (I still find that amazing); sadly, the Obama administration has appealed the ruling, and the issue is still in the courts.

The FFRF also does all kinds of outreach, especially on campuses, and runs Freethought Radio, the freethought radio show that’s broadcast nationally (you can hear it every Saturday from 11 am to noon). And the FFRF has more than 16,000 members.

The EHNC award is designed to celebrate “‘plain speaking’ on the shortcomings of religion by public figures”, and comes with some dosh, transportation to the meeting in Hartford this October 7-9 (where I’ll give a 30-minute talk), and, most important, this lovely and LOLzy statue of an emperor en déshabillé:

The statue is made right here in Chicago—by the same people who make the Oscar statue! The only thing it’s lacking is the Kazezian rude Gnu-child, mocking the emperor with shouted forced laughter and morally repugnant incivilities.  Previous recipients include many of my atheist heroes and pals, including Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett, Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins, and George Carlin.  I’m immensely honored to be among them.

p.s. Yes, I am aware of the other recipients!

74 Comments

  1. Maria Jinich
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Well deserved!!!!!!!

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      I second the motion!

  2. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! Well deserved, I think.

  3. yesmyliege
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Man! Congratulations!

  4. Grania
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    He may have no clothes, but my goodness he has a fig-leaf. Apparently with glue.
    :o)

    • Grania
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Um, also: congratulations!

  5. Michieux
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Bravo! And well earned. I’ve forgotten where I found the link to your site, back around August last year, about a month after we lost our beloved kitteh to a neurological disease, but I’ve enjoyed the many informed and informing posts by you and others here ever since. And, of course, the many kitteh posts are an added delight.

    Well done!

  6. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Gratz. Also, does he really have little t-rex arm, or is that just the angle of the photo? Also, I think he should loose the leaf. We’re all pro-science here. We can handle a little anatomy. /pun-splosion

    • Helen Wise
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      You mean “lose”. “Lose the leaf”, not “loose the leaf”, unless you’re wishing a horrible leaf blower incident upon us all.

      Also, I don’t think I can handle “a little anatomy”. I was an English major, and then I became a management consultant, and now I’m doing the best I can, not any of which ever involves anatomy, except rarely, and then there’s champagne.

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

        Actually, I was hoping for some tea-bagging.

        • Helen Wise
          Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

          Yes?

          Oh, shucks, then.

          That would not be me.

          But now you are an award winner. There is a line forming somewhere. I wish I was in it.

  7. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Seriously?

    That is hilarious!

    Because of the timing, layered ironies, all that, of course.

    Also terrific!

    Congratulations!!

    • Sigmund
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Stop being so morally repugnant!

  8. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Congrats!!

  9. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Yay!

    *everyone else already said congrats*

    • Posted February 26, 2011 at 5:52 am | Permalink

      Moar Yay! (extra Yays are needed–the thread is Congrats heavy;-))

      Hmmm…the hippo boots for the ceremony?

  10. Pete Moulton
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Good on you, Jerry! Does anyone else think that statue looks like Karl Rove?

    • Philip
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Looks like a Seamonkey(TM) to me

      • Helen Wise
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        Hey! Me, too!

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

        Or rather, He looks like an advertisement for a Seamonkey™. He looks nothing like Aretemia salina:

  11. daveau
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Good company. Quite an honor. Congrats!

  12. Michael Fisher
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Marvellous news

    Can’t tell on my ‘phone screen…
    Small willy or a fig leaf perhaps ?

  13. John
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    You can haz cheezeburger! Congrats lol

  14. Phil65
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Clothes aren’t the only thing he’s missing.

  15. Patrick
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    DUDE I CAN’T BELIEVE NO ONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU A STATUE OF A GOLDEN GNU MADE FROM MELTED EARRINGS

    would be so awesome

    • Insightful Ape
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Sour grapes.
      And seems your caps lock button was stuck.

      • Patrick
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

        The awesome overwhelmed both my caps lock and my punctuation keys.

        Srsly, I would donate an earring. I don’t have any, but I’d go get one.

  16. truthspeaker
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Congratulations.

  17. Insightful Ape
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    So maybe thus was your other motive, apart from a desire to live a wretched immoral life and secret hostility against your old man?
    Congratulations! I hope I can make it this year.

  18. Anonymous
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Excellent choice by FFRF.

  19. locutus7
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Well-deserved. Congratulations.

  20. Saikat Biswas
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Did they just use the undie as the crown?

  21. Sigmund
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Jerry!
    I presume this event will be covered by USA (USA, USA) Today?

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      No, but The New Republic might have a brief item.

    • Saikat Biswas
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Now why would they want to needlessly upset their supposedly plebeian readers? Such events should not even be promoted in the public arena.

  22. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!!!!

  23. Scarecrow
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    congratulations!

    And I’m sure you’ll have a special pair of “award recieving” boots to wear too. 🙂

  24. Gregory James
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I’m a proud member of FFRF don’t think a better candidate could have been picked.

    Congratulations!

  25. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Kink sez, “Mrrrrrrup?”

  26. GordonWillis
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I’d like to offer my congratulations, too. And this seems a good moment to thank you for your brilliant blog. Wise, witty, informative and entertaining. It’s a delight.

  27. Kirth Gersen
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Decidedly well-earned. It’s time the Four Pedestrians got some recoGN(U)ition.

    • Kevin
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Who are the other three?

      Myers, Blackford, and Benson?

  28. Adriana
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    That’s one ugly little statue (LOL) but congratulations on the achievement!

  29. TrineBM
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Well-deserved! And thanks for all the work you did to achieve a prize like this.

    (And a figure of Danish origins, or at least the original story by H.C.A.)

  30. Stephanie
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I am a proud member too of the FFRF. Congrats!!! Looking forward to reading about you in their next newsletter.

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      It’s in this newsletter. (Jan/Feb)

      🙂

  31. Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to read Rosenau’s post on how the FFRF is wrong confused and silly for giving you the award instead of an intellectual giant like himself.

  32. Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the award. Looks like you’re in good company.

  33. Ned
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, well deserved indeed. I too really enjoy your blog, which covers so many great topics like science, music, cats, and gnus. However, footwear is not my thing so would you consider trading your boots for some golf clubs 🙂

  34. Helen Wise
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I generally dislike knic-knacs, but I’d love to have me some of that naked emperor trophy.

    What, I have to EARN it? Nuts.

    Congratulations to you, sir. This award was never more deserved by its recipient.

  35. sadpanda
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, excellent company indeed: http://www.ffrf.org/outreach/awards/emperor-has-no-clothes-award/

    along with 2010 winners Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Cenk Uygur.

  36. lamacher
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Well done, Jerry! Indeed!

  37. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I dare you to show up naked.

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Why? Jerry’s not an emperor. At least, not the last time I checked….

      Cheers,

      b&

      • Scote
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

        Quite. Jerry is into evidence based clothing…

        The award couldn’t be better deserved or better timed given the recent Emperor-themed STFU post by what’s her name…

        • Aratina Cage
          Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

          Gotta love his vast collection of verifiably extant kick-ass boots in particular.

  38. Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    All hail the Imperial Disrober!

    Cheers,

    b&

  39. Aratina Cage
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Magnuficent!

  40. Sal Bro
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Congrats #53!

  41. TheBlackCat
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Definitely the right choice for the award.

  42. Diane G.
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Well deserved!! Another proud member of FFRF, here. Modern-day heros.

    Maybe if some of us make it to the convention, we could put our screen names on our nametags?

    • Insightful Ape
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I think that will be a great idea.

  43. Tea
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    And there I thought you were running for the “Emperor is a Fatty” award.

    Congratulations!

  44. Stelta
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t suppose anyone will bother to point out that the constitution does NOT promise the “seperation of church and state.” It simply says that the state will no enforce or promote one belief over another.

    • Doug
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 3:31 am | Permalink

      That’s right! It only counts if the EXACT colloquial wording for the concept is in the Constitution!

      Also the weatherperson never promises it will rain. They simply say it will get wet outside.

  45. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Awesome!

  46. articulett
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! A great group and a great prize. I can’t wait to hear your acceptance speech!

  47. Dave Ricks
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    You paraphrased the Establishment Clause, but you didn’t paraphrase the Free Exercise Clause that follows it.

    And you wrote “simply” as if Supreme Court decisions in these matters should be straightforward. One of my favorite things about the US is the Supreme Court having a policy of recording dissenting opinions. What causes dissenting opinions — liberal bias?

    • Dave Ricks
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      D’oh, my #47 should have replied to #44.

  48. Tim Harris
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Just back from Kyushu to hear the good gnus. Well done. You deserve it.

  49. ginger
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Well-deserved!

  50. Dominic
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Does the Emperor have wedding tackle?!


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