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
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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?
Read more: Positive Atheism is not Friendly Atheism
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 email@example.com or call 612-284-4495.
- Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda
- 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
- Saint Paul, MN 55155
- Thursday, May 7 at Noon at the Rotunda.
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
David was a founding and
Life Member of Minnesota Atheists as well as a truly inspiring person.
1619 Dayton Ave.
St Paul MN 55104
To help continue David's
lasting legacy, contributions to the new Irwin Fund, supporting the
Library, are appreciated.
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.
Read more: The Sunny Skeptic: "Atheists Ask Atheists"