Hello, all! So I wanted to give a nod to our secular harvest celebrations by saying a few things about what we have to be thankful for. I know it is a little cheesy, and that there are plenty of things to be discontented about, and that European colonization and Manifest Destiny caused genocide for whole tribes of people on this continent and abroad, but it is important to think about the good news sometimes, too (you cynics).
This is the second part of my story "Why I am an Atheist." To view the first part, click here, and thanks for reading.
It occurred to me recently that I have added hundreds of contacts and several friends since starting my position as Campus Organizer here at CFI On Campus and yet many people don't know, and often ask, how I came to be an atheist. I enjoy talking to others about the process, and believe that it is important for us to have a productive dialogue about the best way to be a supportive non-religious community that welcomes others who are in doubt, have stopped believing in religion, or who have never believed but want to find a place to belong. I've broken it up into two parts and I'll try to make it as entertaining as possible.
Ok, I have a confession. I hate O.A.R.. So you know how there are a lot of people who love Boondock Saints? I hate that movie, but I get why people like it, I guess. In the same way I get why people like O.A.R., I think. I just happen to not like them because every time I went to a bar in my hometown that had a jukebox some asshole would always play that 15 minute O.A.R. song titled "Crazy Game of Poker" and ruin my night. Whatever.
Dave Muscato here. My friend Steven Olsen, President of Springfield Freethinkers (Springfield, MO), co-founder of Carl Sagan’s Dance Party, and co-author of Unbelievable History and I, along with a few others, recently had a discussion on JT Eberhard‘s Facebook wall about the term, “New Atheism.”