By George Kane
On November 10 the Journal of Law and Public Policy conducted a symposium on “Intelligent Design and the Constitution” at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. This free and open-to-the public event was not advertised at all in the local freethought community. It seemed to me that the great majority of the audience was from St. Thomas. A large number were law students, identifiable by their youth and uniform dark grey suit, white shirt and tie. From the questions asked, there was no indication that there was another atheist in the audience.
By Jeannette Watland
Christmas day saw me sitting around a table eating Dim Sum in a Chinese restaurant with about nine other atheists. At one point during the meal, one of the diners told the table that this has been the first Christmas in awhile that has actually meant something. I’m lucky enough to have a family that supports my atheism, but the sad reality is that many of us do not. Providing an alternative on a religious holiday normally shared with family not only gives us something to do when everyone else is out, but is also an example of community in Minnesota Atheists.
By Eric Jayne
How is it that a well educated biology teacher refuses to accept the scientific theory of evolution by natural selection? How is it that otherwise articulate and intelligent people believe in ghosts, angels, demons, and literal interpretations of bible stories? In his book Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer posits that “smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.” I can think of no better institution supporting Shermer’s hypothesis than Northwestern College in Roseville.