Last night I attended the presentation re above topic in Grand Rapids and think I’ld like to write/share a few thoughts/observation, etc.:
Evidently this was the first presentation given by the speaker and so i’m going to divide my note into 1-delivery & 2-content.
Delivery: considering this was the ‘trial run’ by speaker I’m going to give her a passing grade - first time jitters, lack of experience etc all things considered I think she did better than ‘OK’ - not great mind you and I am a ‘tough crowd’ but she did OK. At times she lost her train of thought - expected for first time ‘trial run’ jitters and she generally was able to pik the ball up and start to run again in short order - B+ haha for recovery time regarding such ‘technical’ difficulties. I’ll leave it at that as Experience for us secularists is ALWAYS the best teacher not ‘God’s ’ revelation re moral behavior nor ‘Science & Reason’ for a data driven mathematical oriented answer to apply - lol ; but gettin in the mud and dealin’ with it - thats what Life’s about. again Haha…. With experience she’ll gain confidence, ETc….....
Content: This is where I’m going to get with it. Especially the subtitle ‘.....The Campaign to Free Laws from Religion.’
This is where this presentation really disappointed and maybe it was because I expected some kind of a Modern Update regarding voltaire’s ‘revolution’ of a couple hundred+ years ago with What LAWS would Voltaire find today that needed to be separated from Religion?
Instead, the speaker rambled into a ‘historical lesson’ with all manner of supporting rote data that anyone could have googled on their own should they desire. I, however demand more from a ‘live’ speaker than a simple history lesson. .......and I would like some integration with todays living regarding the topic…......
Voltaire is hardly a boring writer. Nietzsche who doesn’t have much respect for ANY writer or philosopher absolutely loved Voltaire and so do I. Voltaires poison, his sarcasm, his wit toward the religious and moral hypocrisy of the day is there to enjoy for anyone with half a brain and half a sense of humor’ )
But given this is a ‘critique’ and the speaker failed miserably to modernize the topic; what Laws would Voltaire (given also his desire for a realistic humanistic ‘tolerance’) think needed to be separated from religion???? This is where I was hoping the speaker would take me and frankly she never did - not even close.
So I’‘m asking this question to all of you who read this- What LAWS need to be separated from Religion??!! today here in America ?! or for that matter throughout & across the planet Earth?!
I look forward to much response and hope something of substance and depth can come of this.
Thank you…..........INTJohn (aka John Doornbos)