by George Kane
I have a new job with a financial services company that provides a lot of training that I have to attend. One recent training session dealt with theoretical mechanics of the market system. As you might expect in a business-training session, the presentation was freighted with assumptions, such as that the self-correcting mechanisms of the market will always return to the way they were before an episodic crisis. I consider this to be a superstitious view of the market economy.
But while listening to the lecture, I was thinking how market precepts apply to the marketplace of ideas. We are involved in a marketplace battle on several fronts, or products: atheism vs. god-belief, evolution vs. creationism, science vs. superstition, reason vs. belief, and ethics based on consequences in peoples' lives vs. divine declaration. We are confident that we have already won the intellectual arguments on merit, but the question is: why can we not drive our opponents out of the marketplace?
by Bjorn Watland
Face it. Just by identifying as an atheist, you will offend some people. If you go one step further and voice your opinion and one more step to actually question what someone means when they say, "I'm a believer," you've already turned a lot of people off.
This is the main reason why people engage in self-censorship. I've done it myself. I would rather keep my mouth shut than cause a rift between friends or family. However, how can we benefit from keeping quiet? How can we benefit from speaking out?
Minnesota Atheists strongly value the separation of church and state. To remind our government of who they represent, we make our collective voices heard in the State Capitol while our fellow citizens observe the National Day of Prayer. Every voice counts. If you can take a long lunch break, or have the free time, we would appreciate making your presence known with us. You'll be hearing from the leadership of Minnesota Atheists, as well as from our members. Prepare to be moved by famous speeches you may have heard before, and listen for original orations on separation and the rights of atheists.
This year, we will be featuring speakers from other organizations which support the separation of church and state in an effort to show why that concept is so important for everyone, atheists and the religious alike.
Come be a part of history and make your voice heard.
For information about the event, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-284-4495.
The Quatrefoil Library will honor its co-founder at a party at the Library on May 16, 2009, 6-9pm. Help to continue a dream come true along with his co-founder, Dick Hewetson. There will be wine, hors d'oeuvers, and music by a jazz trio.
David was a book collector, who, along with Dick Hewetson, had a vision of opening a GLBT Library for our community. His tireless efforts have succeeded and the Quatrefoil is open and doing business with more material than ever before!
David was a founding and Life Member of Minnesota Atheists as well as a truly inspiring person.
To help continue David's lasting legacy, contributions to the new Irwin Fund, supporting the Library, are appreciated.
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By Crystal Dervetski
the course of writing publicly about atheism, I have come across some
questions, and many times opposition, regarding belonging to a formal
organization for freethinkers. As with most questions, they are
repeated multiple times by a variety of people, and oddly enough,
many times they come not from religious persons but from fellow
atheists. I plan on sharing a few great statements and questions I
have received over the last year, and my answers to them.