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By George Kane
For several years, we have celebrated the fifth Sunday of any month with a highly successful fundraising meal for our special projects. For the last couple of years, this has been a Flying Spaghetti Monster feast featuring a wide variety of sauces donated by members. This August, however, the fifth Sunday fell during the State Fair, and we were unable to secure any of our usual locations for the event. To keep our tradition alive, our pastafarians gathered for dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Minneapolis. Since there was competition that day from the state fair and other events, the turnout was only a dozen, but the event raised $283 in donations for the Radio Fund.

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The Pew Forum U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey

On Tuesday, September 28th, the Pew Forum reported in an executive summary that “atheists agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.” Out of 32 questions asked to a random sampling of people via landline and cellular phone, those who identified as atheist or agnostic correctly answered an average of 20.9 questions. Jews were not far behind at 20.5. Hispanic Catholics averaged the lowest, at 11.6. The summary also reported that atheists and agnostics “do particularly well on questions about the role of religion in public life, including a question about what the U.S. Constitution says about religion.”

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Celebrate Sanity and Reason with a De-Baptism on October 30 in Eagan, MN

de-baptism1.jpgOn Saturday, October 30 a Rally to Restore Sanity will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There will also be a March to Keep Fear Alive held at the same place at the same time. Both events (the latter one satirically mocking Glenn Beck's recent "tea party" rally) are being held for those of us who have grown tired of the anti-intellectual, hyperbolic shouting that seems to be drowning out reasonable discourse. Examples of national insanity include policymakers proudly attacking and stifling science while embracing ancient Mediterranean folklore; also, ideological activists invoking popularly accepted hateful religious indoctrination that deny equal treatment to gays and lesbians.


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