PLEASE JOIN US!   We meet on the first Sunday of each month in downtown Duluth at the Radisson Hotel (Location Map)
            Socializing begins at 9:00 am.
            Optional breakfast buffet at 9:30 am.
            Presentation from 10:00 until about 11:30.

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


July 2014 Newsletter

July, 2014 Newsletter of the Lake Superior Freethinkers

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

First Sunday -Radisson – 9:00 AM Social – 9:30 Breakfast - 10:00 Presentation


George Erickson, editor, tundracub@mchsi.com

Program - Potpourri--What's On Our Minds

An Invitation

Charles Gessert, Barbara Stark & Jonathan Gessert invite you to a Summer Celebration: Tuesday, July 15, 5 to 8 pm. LIVE MUSIC BY ANN ZIMMERMAN! 2311 East 3rd Street. BYO lawn chairs/blankets, beverages, snacks, self and friends. Ann Zimmerman, a singer and songwriter from Salina, Kansas, celebrates the joy, sorrow, grandeur and silliness of life. Ann appears annually at the world-renowned Land Institute in central Kansas, and was voted the "People's Choice" winner in the Wildflower! Festival song contest near Dallas. Samples of her music & links to her CDs are available at www.annzimmerman.com. The event is free but donations to help with Ann’s travel expenses are greatly appreciated. Questions: 218-728-6019

Breaking News!
MN Candidates for Sainthood Announced

Now that the Catholic Church (Roman variety) has begun to crank out saints again, I’m pleased to reveal that high on their new list of candidates – and in this order - are Sir Lancelot, the self-proclaimed example of purity of purpose and practice, our very own William Van Druten – and (blush) me!

Frankly, I’d be higher on the list if it weren’t for my constant battle to remain civil when confronted by determined religionists – a subject that recently came to mind when we hosted a speaker who is a former Jehovah’s Witlesss – oops, that’s WITNESS!

For example, I feel guilty every time I tell about the remote African outpost (this is true) in which the J Ws were overjoyed when their free handout, the Watchtower, suddenly became a local best “seller,” only to learn a week later (when interest faded) that the only store in town had finally been resupplied with toilet paper. Yes, I feel guilty about telling that, but I can’t resist, even if it puts me behind that Druten guy, who is nowhere near as saintly as some assume.

Here’s another example: Whenever these devoted disciples of dogma (J Ws, Mormons, whatever), darken my door, I’m tempted to look astonished, then turn and shout back into my house, “Hey, Sally, you said there is no such thing as time travel – but there are two people from the Stone Age here right now!

I haven’t done it yet, but it sooo tempting. In the meantime, although there already was a Saint George – the dragon guy – I’m going to try to behave. Having “Saint” beside my name would look and sound really wonderful, even if I’d only be Saint George II.

Seriously folks, if the Pope really wanted to do something useful and critically necessary, he’d campaign for birth control, which leads to the next topic – see below.

At our June meeting we had an excellent presentation on OVERPOPULATION by Karen Shragg, in which she stressed the importance of constantly speaking about overpopulation, despite the tendency to focus on ways to be “green” while addressing the needs of an expanding population. She’s RIGHT! And although I’ve printed this link in the newsletter before, I’m presenting it again in the hope that more will devote just 6 minutes to viewing this excellent short video. If the link does not work, copy it into your browser.

An Appeal from Dave Clark of Skyline Shuttle

Hello, I work for the Duluth to Minneapolis Airport shuttle service. Your group came to mind because we need drivers to work on Sunday morning to early afternoon or Saturday evening. I have been to one of your meetings and noted that many of your members were in our demographic for part-time drivers. We have several drivers between the ages of 50 and 70 (70 is our max) who drive between 1 and 3 days per week for us. It's an enjoyable job for those who like to interact with travelers from all over the world as well as drive. Please send resumes to my manager Tasha Leyendecker at tasha@skylineshuttle.com (218-724-4676). Contact Dave at davclark@hotmail.com.
See http://www.skylineshuttle.com/

Bible-Thumping Pastor Believes Women Shouldn't Interfere with 'God's Will' In Pregnancy—Except His Own Wife – by Valerie Tarico

The Pill is destroying America, making women into idle gossips, according to Baptist pastor Steven Anderson. Feminism, coupled with birth control, gives a woman the power to decide when to have children, allowing her to pursue other interests: “You know, my main goal is to go to college, and to graduate from college, and I’m going to be a lawyer and I’m going to be a doctor and I’m going to be a marine biologist.” Now, you may think it sounds good. But it’s actually bad. A woman who isn’t “busy about having children” gets into “sin!”

Anderson opened a recent sermon-length rant against contraception by quoting Genesis: “Unto the woman he said I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee.” (Genesis 3:16) A father of seven, Anderson thinks women should let God manage their family planning because the Bible, in his words, makes God’s will clear.

But when his wife’s most recent pregnancy became high-risk, Anderson turned to some of the best modern medical specialists available, ultimately choosing a procedure that maximized the likelihood that one of two threatened identical twins would live.

One baby was in danger of dying from severe anemia and dehydration, leading to brain damage and cardiac arrest, while the other baby struggled with an excess of blood volume that was likely to also lead to cardiac arrest and death. Untreated, the chances of the babies surviving were about five percent for one twin, zero percent for both.

Christian patriarchs like Anderson pound the pulpit about women thwarting God’s plan, but when push comes to shove in the pregnancy and delivery process, normal human emotions often win out. Anderson and his wife did their homework and she underwent a series of procedures that saved one twin — also killed the other.

The most powerful tool of the anti-abortion, anti-contraception patriarchs has been shaming in the name of the biblical God. Many women make difficult decisions about pregnancies — courageous, complicated decisions that are worthy of honor. With support from groups like the 1 in 3 Campaign and Exhale Pro Voice, we can help each other.

Barbara Walters and the Cardinal

Barbara Walters' retirement brings to mind her interview in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court's Roe v Wade ruling in 1973. The interviewee was Cardinal John Krol of Philadelphia. Walters asked him something like this: "Would you approve of an abortion in the case of a twelve year old girl who has been raped and impregnated by a syphilitic insane criminal?" Krol's immediate response: "No. It would violate God's law and nature's law and it would violate the rights of the father." Walters, as I recall, was speechless. -- Edd Doerr, past president, American Humanist Association

Power of Prayer

Pastor John Benefiel of Oklahoma City's Church on the Rock says that in a 2007 blessing, he might have prayed "too hard" while attempting to help drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma. The result: "every lake" in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri rose above flood stage, causing thousands of people to lose their homes and 22 to lose their lives.

Some US evangelicals believe that environmentalism is a native evil - The Guardian
The Cornwall Alliance, a prominent group of religious thinkers in the US, explains why it urges followers to 'resist the Green Dragon'

Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance.

....What is often not fully absorbed by onlookers is the underlying role that "pulpit power" plays in the environmental debate in the US. … particularly among evangelicals, you often see a vitriolic reaction against environmentalism.

Last month, a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors found that 41% strongly disagreed with the statement: "I believe global warming is real and manmade."

Much of this debate seems to center on one of the so-called Dominion Mandate, or Genesis 1:28: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and every living thing….

I asked Beisner for an interview. He agreed, but asked me to read Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion not Death by James Wanliss, who describes himself as a "Christian physicist". The book argues that "one of the greatest threats to society and the church is the multifaceted environmentalist movement". Here are a few snippets:

1 - The Litany of the Green Dragon provides certainty for people without God who lose their rational moorings, and for whom there is a sense of separation anxiety...

2 - Humans are special creatures, separate from and superior to trees and animals.

3 - The Green Dragon must die…There is no excuse to become befuddled by the noxious Green odors and doctrines emanating from the foul beast...

4 - It is no coincidence the rise of environmentalism as a significant political entity tracks the rising political clout of modern feminism...

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