Paul Kurtz Interviewed on Sirius Satellite Radio
December 16, 2008
Paul Kurtz, CFI Founder
CFI chairman and founder Paul Kurt z was recently interviewed on the Michelangelo Signorile Show, heard on Sirius Satellite Radio. Kurtz discussed, among other things, themes from his new Prometheus title Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism , and the secular nature of the American founding.
The program aired on Friday, December 12, 2008.
From the Michelangelo Signorile Show Web site:
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#1 nmtucson (Guest) on Tuesday December 16, 2008 at 4:19pm
When my son was young, we had Christmas, albeit toned down and with as limited expectations as possible. We had a lot of family to contend with, not to mention the pressures of school pals.
Once he got to the “age of reason” (around 10?), we started to phase it out, in favor of more emphasis on family birthdays. After all, as atheists, we valued the birthday of our OWN son far more than the birthday of the mythical son of a mythical god.
I come down firmly on Tom Flynn’s side in this discussion: as secular humanists and atheists, we can have the most positive effect on the perceptions of others by acting as consistently as possible in concert with our beliefs. In this case, that means seeing NO “reason for the season” and thus marking no season. I tend to observe the lighting of houses anthropologically—a pretty custom, too bad they don’t do it at other times of the year—and sociologically—damn, they spend an awful lot on crappy imported doodads and consume an awful lot of electricity for a pretty lame reason. Most of them seem to revere consumption more than redemption.
I suggest we eschew both as much as possible! Let’s celebrate each other throughout the year and forget about god-myths of all types.
#2 Matthew Winfield (Guest) on Tuesday December 16, 2008 at 10:23pm
I now must think of the season as a reminder of what we should be doing all year. Simple ethics show that we should be doing these things that bring us closer throughout the entire year. I also try to substitute ideas of humanity huddling together for warmth during this time of year. If the “season” remains, then we need new songs. Truly, there is pressing need for the season, except that people do seem to require some reminding that we are all here together just trying our best to survive. I hope my work helps.