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June 2015 Newsletter of the Lake Superior Freethinkers
Notice: George Erickson, our retired editor, has returned until Gail Mathews, our new editor, gets back from the east coast to take over. 


In March, when I was given a ball signed by various LSF members because of my 10 years as editor, Dave Broman read part of one of the 100 “pieces” in my 4th book - Eyes Wide Open: Living, Laughing, Loving and Learning in a Religion-troubled World.  Here’s the full text.


 Philosophical Geometry – Solid, man!


A freethinker’s like a rubber ball,

ready to roll, unafraid to fall.

We can stop if we like and pause for a rest,

but movin' on's what we like the best.


Like the balls so round, we like to go,

to find out what the other balls know.

Our roaming takes us far and wide,

to customs and thoughts that some deride.


The religious cones have a different bent.

Compared to the balls, they've hardly went.


The cones always orbit a preconception,

that limits their scope as well as perception. 

For roll as they might, as sure as they've parted,

the cones always end up, right back where they started.


Pat Roberstson's noisy, conservative rubes,

I offer as unmoving cubes,

unlike the balls that freely roam,

or even the cones that orbit their home.

Firm in their faith but afraid of a fall,

their minds stay put, going nowhere at all.


And yet there's hope, for cubes can bend,

the mind can mend- and then ascend,

from cube to cone, from cone to ball,

from fearful stance to growing tall.


And if you need a reason, dear,

for squares going round, becoming sphere,

we'll borrow a thought that religions revere:

Perhaps there's a MIRACLE working here!


On the other hand, I must confess,

on rare occasions, balls regress.

Under press of events or mental decline,

a few of the balls have been known to resign.


But all in all, I'll have you know,

there's more that ascend than head below.




Conversing with religious folks

A member of the Atheists for Human Rights advises freethinkers to make it clear that we  oppose superstition, and argues that “religion" is too broad because it can turn off the liberal believers, many of whom are basically atheists. 

Don’t use labels like "stupid."  A former minister, now in the Clergy Project, says that he was just as intelligent before he became an atheist.  He says that before he became an atheist he wasn't "stupid," he was just not willing to think about what he was sure he believed.


From News of the Weird

U.K.'s Bedfordshire Police are looking for a man who ran off without paying for a Jesus arm tattoo (to join his "Only God Can Judge Me" tattoo on the other arm.) 



Gay Marriage to Blame for California’s Epic Drought

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges. The decision in that case could legalize marriage equality in dozens of states.

But as that possibility inches closer, opponents have become more desperate. Blaming gay marriage for everything wrong in the country seems to be their go-to explanation, even when wildly disconnected—such as climate change. When they’re not denying climate change exists, they say it’s happening because God is angry that gay people aren’t being persecuted enough.

The latest to step forward with this explanation is commentator and White House correspondent Bill Koenig of the conservative World Watch Daily, which lists its beats as “wars and rumors of wars, economic news, military buildups, terrorism, political situations, difficult relations between countries, famines, natural disasters and drastic or record-breaking weather.”

Talking to hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger on the evangelical radio show Understanding the Times, which pushes the idea that all the conflicts and controversies in the world are part of God’s plan for what they see as the Biblical “end times,” Koenig claimed that gay rights in the U.S. are angering God so much he created the drought in California.

“… gay marriage will go against the word of God…” said Koenig. “Unfortunately, a lot of times when it starts in California, it spreads to the rest of the country and even spreads to the rest of the world. So there very likely could be a drought component to this judgment.”

…In 1998, incensed over a “Gay Days” event sponsored by Disney World, Pat Robertson claimed that God would be sending earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados in retribution. That year, Florida was free of major hurricanes; however Hurricane Bonnie did major damage in Virginia Beach, where Robertson is headquartered.

Hurricane Katrina, which flooded New Orleans in 2005, was also blamed on gay wickedness by evangelicals such as Repent America’s Michael Marcavage, who failed to explain why the most heavily gay neighborhoods in New Orleans were largely unscathed by the flooding.

More recently, Faith2Action’s Janet Folger Porter, who focuses on abortion, said that gay marriage was behind Noah’s flood and that if the Supreme Court strikes down bans on gay marriage, it could lead to the Second Coming.

… many members of Congress subscribe to these beliefs, leading to public policies that attack gay rights and suggest that no course of action can affect climate change because God is causing it. Senator Jim Inhofe,  chairman of the Senate Environment Committee, has said “Man can’t change climate. God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

(He hasn’t blamed it on gay marriage, but he is a staunch opponent of gay rights. Stay tuned!)

Anti-Religious Cartoons!! « Proud Atheists


                                         The Bible - a book report – author unknown

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, "The Lord thy God is one," but He must be older than that.

Anyway, God said, "Give me a light!" and someone did.  Then God made the world.  He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden in an oxcart because they didn't have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

Then came Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they’d take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob’s son Joseph had a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.

God fed the Israel Lights with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff.  Oh, yaah, and Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses' helpers was Joshua, who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David, who got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 combines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore.  There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we won't worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament.

He was born in Bethlehem or Nazareth or somewhere in a barn under a star. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, "Close the door! Were you born in a barn?" It would be nice to say, ''As a matter of fact, I was.'')

Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.


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Millennials Leaving Church in Droves - From CNN

Christian life is a set of sacred traditions - an unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn-connecting generations of Sunday school stories, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer.

In modern America, that circle isn’t completely severed, but it is wobbly and severely bent, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
Released Tuesday, the survey of 35,000 American adults shows the Christian percentage of the population dropping precipitously, to 70.6%. In 2007, the last time Pew conducted a similar survey, 78.4% of A

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