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Blood Drive a Gushing Success

blood group2.jpgOver twenty people participated in the first Minnesota Atheists Blood Drive on Saturday, May 31st at Memorial Blood Centers in St. Paul's Midway. Memorial welcomed us with a sign, balloons, a cake, and plenty of other snacks. After eating our dessert, most of us trekked down University Avenue to the Leaning Tower of Pizza to celebrate our two-gallon deposit.

For those who couldn't make it, you can get on our call list for the next round by sending an e-mail with your name, telephone number, and the subject heading "Blood Drive List" to giveback@mnatheists.org.

Thanks to all those who participated, including the following people: Denise Crosby, Bonnie Marsick, Jack Caravela, Bjorn Watland, Jeannette Sorenson, August Berkshire, Michelle Losey, Mike Toft, Mike Parrott, Bess Vlaisavljevich, Fred Roos, Trish Murtha, Cynthia Egli, Dan Feyma, David Hubmann, Doug Turbak, Norm Barrett, and Tom Riddering.

Our next blood drive is October 25th from 10 AM to Noon at the same location as last time, Memorial Blood Centers building in Midway.  We're looking for volunteers, so feel free to contact our charity committee at giveback@mnatheists.org if you can help out.

If you want to participate in Minnesota Atheists other community service programs, send your information to giveback@mnatheists.org to stay up to date on our latest opportunities.

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Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public Schools

Minnesota Atheists member Grant Steves discusses issues surrounding the issue of teaching the Bible as literature in public schools. Teaching the Bible in public schools is not unconstitutional, however, there are concerns which should be raised about which text books should be used, who is writing those books, and why. Also important is how it is taught by a teacher. A teacher must control his or her inner preacher or inner atheist when presenting the Bible as literature. Despite the concerns, there are legitimate reasons for teaching the Bible as literature in schools. Much of other literature makes reference to symbolism within the Bible. Poems, songs, movies, even the news can use quotes which are contained within the Bible, and it can be important to understand the context in which phrases are used. 

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Worlds of Their Own Now Available

book_200px.jpg Worlds of Their Own, A Brief History of Misguided Ideas: Creationism, Flat-Earthism, Energy Scams, and the Velikovsky Affair by Robert J. Scadewald is now available.  Minnesota Athiests member Lois Scadewald has posthumously published her brother's collected works on pseudoscience.  If you have ever wondered what makes pseudoscientists tick, how they think, and how they can find truth is such bizarre ideas, this book is for you.
 
You can hear Lois Shadewald talk about the book on our radio show.  We also have a review available.  You can visit the book's website, Worlds of Their Own.com .  If you want to purchase the book, it is available from the following sellers: Xlibris, Amazon.com, BN.com, Borders.com, or visiting your favorite bookseller.  If they don't have the book in stock, you have have them order it for you.  The hardcover ISBN is 978-1-4363-0435-1, and the softcover is 978-1-4363-0434-4.  
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Truth Wins Out Campaign Against James Dobson's Induction into the Radio Hall of Fame

Truth Wins Out, an organization dedicated to exposing the lies of the "Ex-Gay" movement has launched an online campaign to prevent the induction of James Dobson, leader of Focus on the Family, into the Radio Hall of Fame.  TWO opposes the induction because of bigoted statements made by Mr. Dobson regarding homosexuals and his misuse of research to promote his view that homosexuality and same-sex marriage are dangerous.  You can add your name to a list of supporters here.

 Minnesota Atheists have a position to support equal rights for all people regardless of sexual orientation.  We do not condone the behavior of Mr. Dobson or Focus on the Family.

Minnesota Atheists along with Rochester Area Freethinkers will have a booth at the Rochester Gay Pride Festival from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, July 11th.  Stop by and show your support!

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