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            Socializing begins at 9:00 am.
            Optional breakfast buffet at 9:30 am.
            Presentation from 10:00 until about 11:30.

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            Co-Host: David Broman - (218) 349-7455
            Co-Host: Jim Lyttle - (218) 464-1652
             Videographer - Jan Resberg


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April 2013 Newsletter

April, 2013 Newsletter of the Lake Superior Freethinkers

Facilitators: David Broman - 218-349-7455, Bill Guse - 834-4583, 343-4806

First Sunday - Holiday Inn this month only – 9:00 AM Social – 9:30 Breakfast

 

George Erickson, editor, tundracub@mchsi.com

 
Program - Buddy Robinson - “Lifting the veil: The Citizens Federation’s discoveries of financial mischief by insurance executives and regulators”.

Wanted – An LSFer with marketing/advertising skills. Why? Because almost 100% of our money is spent on advertising, Contact Bill Guse or Dave Broman

Ed Raymond tells it like it is - again!

What Happens When Ignorance Overwhelms Science And Religion


99.9 percent of our scientists believe the facts of Darwin’s “theory” of evolution because of carbon and isotope dating, fossil records, genetic sequencing, the measurements of geologic time, developmental biology, plate tectonics and a myriad of other related scientific methods. So far, we have had no one return “from the other side” to counter what scientists have discovered about the earth and its inhabitants. Oh, there is blind faith in what is contained in each of the 721 translations of the Bible. Some churches do understand that if science finally contradicts what is expressed in the Bible that will mean the end of those religions. That’s why 46 percent of the American people cling to the ideas expressed by the supporters of creationism and intelligent design.

In the Republican nomination race, at least four candidates argued that creationism and intelligent design should be taught in schools. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum sought the votes of evangelicals and Know-Nothings to gain the nomination - and preached against Charles Darwin. Federal judges have consistently rejected the two religious “curricula.”

In the 19th Century people would look at a clock and say: “Man is incapable of making such a complex instrument. The maker must have had God whisper in his ear.” Scientists and other creative individuals answered that long ago.

Creationists say that God has created everything within the past 10,000 years. I guess they have dropped Bishop Ussher’s idea that it only took 6,000. Their only evidence can be expressed in three words: “God did it.” It’s a short argument used to replace the 13 billion years of the universe’s existence and all of the evidence collected that makes evolution a fact.

Here’s an interesting website that features a monthly video on what religion “contributes” to the world : http://opednews.com/articles/Savage-Sunday-by-Rev-Dan-Vojir-130217-83.html
Supplied by new member Roy Hagen

From Bill Van Druten

The "Boy Scout Declaration of Religious Principle" maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God...as the ruler and leading power in the universe and grateful acknowledgement of His favors and blessings are (sic) necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome percepts in the education of the growing members.

Well, that was a shock to me, as I am an Eagle Scout and had felt I was a very good citizen. Paid my taxes, served in the air force (American) and voted. Perhaps you too are a second class citizen now as am I. How did that happen to us? I want ever to do my civic best, but which god would Boy Scouts recommend for me. Most of the currently employed gods are far to silly to believe in. Couldn't stomach the moron god nor jovie the witless. They are the only ones whose salespersons have come to my door. I have always been partial to Poseidon and I am sure he is available or Athena would be good. Both of them are not used up and would love to be in business again. Popes are part god when they are indefensible, er, infallible; but there isn't one at present and the voting hasn't started. I am available to do popping, love the corn with butterz. I could be the first atheist pope and would fire the entire catholic god crew including the virgin and the ghost, angels and demons. I'd send them packing with no unemployment bennies. Anyway it is a curious muddle as the scouts will accept pretty much any of the gods even ones that deny and hurt each other. It so is hard on a honest and intelligent person these daze.

The Inquisition, the Crusades, the witch hunts, the jihads and fatwas, the Holocaust, and the 9-11attacks were faith-based initiatives - beliefs grounded in religious nonsense. The coupling of religious nonsense with fanatical zeal has been a recipe for bloodshed and death. --Rod Sheffer


George Erickson’s published letter to the Duluth News Tribune:

To the editor - So Rev. Kunst wants more coverage of the Pope and his pending retirement. One wonders if that coverage might include disclosure of the man's collusion in covering up reports of child abuse that were sent to his office when he wore a red hat - abuses like attacks on children in a Wisconsin school for the deaf who could not even speak.

Will the wanted coverage urge readers - including parishioners - to view the record of abuse and cover-ups portrayed in the recent documentary Mea Maxima Culpa that ends at the then Cardinal's office? And will it include the facts that Michael D'Antonio reveals in Mortal Sins, his powerful book about the whistleblowers who fought to uncover and expose the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church?

If yes, Rev. Kunst is truly a rare rose among thorns. If not ......

They say that confession is good for the soul, but does also that apply to the Church - or just to the Janes and Joes who support it?

--George Erickson - former VP of the American Humanist Assoc. and current newsletter editor of the Lake Superior Freethinkers

Vegas Churches accept gambling chips!

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE MORE CATHOLIC CHURCHES THAN CASINOS IN LAS VEGAS?

SOME WORSHIPERS AT SUNDAY SERVICES EVEN GIVE CASINO CHIPS RATHER THAN CASH WHEN THE BASKET IS PASSED.

BECAUSE THEY GET CHIPS FROM MANY DIFFERENT CASINOS, THE CHURCHES HAVE DEVISED A METHOD TO COLLECT THE OFFERINGS.

THEY SEND ALL THEIR CHIPS TO A NEARBY MONASTERY FOR SORTING, AND THEN THE CHIPS ARE TAKEN TO THE CASINOS OF ORIGIN AND CASHED IN.

THIS IS DONE BY THE CHIP MONKS.

Rod Sheffer - There is no more evidence to substantiate a belief in a Judeo-Christian god than there is for any other god…. Hence, either all of these gods exist, or none of them. Take your pick.

Adopting a religious creed segregates people into "us" and "them." Hence, religions that posit absolute truths have a history of being divisive, often bloody and frequently lethal. --Rodney Sheffer


Rev. Patty Robertson’s Message from the Dark Ages


TV evangelist Pat Robertson says that not every sweater at Goodwill is haunted by demons, but it’s a good idea to pray over secondhand clothes just in case.

On the 700 Club, Robertson responded to a viewer who wanted to know if she should bless purchases from Goodwill before bringing them home because her mother said that demons could “attach themselves to material items.”

Robertson recalled a story about a “witch who had prayed over a particular ring and asked for a spirit to come into it.” And then when a girl purchased the ring, “all hell broke loose.”

“Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes,” the preacher said, but I don’t think that every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it.”

He added that the viewer’s mother was being “super-cautious” but that “it isn’t going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happen to have attached themselves to those clothes.”




All of the philosophical wisdom of the Greeks was denounced by St. Paul as “superstition.” Martin Luther declared, “Reason is the Devil’s harlot who can do naught but slander and harm whatever God says, and does.” Today, millions of people still identify themselves as “Lutherans.” It is a puzzlement. --Rod Sheffer

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