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July 2016 Newsletter of the Lake Superior Freethinkers

   Gail Matthews, editor – wyncie1@gmail.com

Freethought Quotes by Notable Freethinkers

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. Delos McKown

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things.  But for good people to do evil things, that takes religions. Steve Weinberg

“I feel that religion, adopted purely, is ultimately representative of blindly making someone else’s beliefs your own.”—⎯Snowden, “A Life of Ambition Despite the Drifting"

Church whose Pastor praised Orlando Shootings is being asked to Leave by Landlord

The Sacramento Baptist preacher who praised the Orlando shooter and called for LGBT people to be put up against a wall and murdered is going to have to take his church and flock elsewhere.

The property management company and owner of the building in which Verity Baptist Church and its Pastor Roger Jimenez preside have decided not to renew the church’s lease, and have asked church officials to consider moving.

While Harsch Investment Properties, owner of the Northgate Business Park where the church is located, cannot legally evict the church under the terms of the lease, representatives of the property management company say they cannot tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”

Pastor Roger Jimenez said that the saddest part of the killings in Orlando was that there weren’t more LGBT dead. Pastor Jimenez is a terrible person and his church should move to a much warmer place, next to a lake of fire.

Bulletin Bloopers

These announcements appeared in church bulletins or were announced at services:

  • The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
  • Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
  • The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water.”  The sermon tonight, “Searching for Jesus.”
  • Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
  • For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Study: Kids from Nonreligious Families More Altruistic

Good news for secular parents and nonbelievers: children who grow up in nonreligious environments appear to be more generous than those who are raised with religion, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology.

Fifty percent of all Americans think that a belief in God is required to be moral, but the results of this study contradict that. “Children from  non-religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others,”  the authors wrote.

This study surveyed 1170 children between ages 5 and 12 from several religious backgrounds in the U.S., Canada, Jordan, Turkey, South Africa and China and found that the kids from nonbelieving households were more likely to share with their classmates and less likely to endorse harsh punishments for those who pushed or bumped into other.

The generosity scores for Christians and Muslims were basically the same, but the scores for the nonreligious children were 23% to 28% higher.  It was also found that the more religious (any religion) the family, the less altruistic the child.

An analysis by Phys.org says “the results might be explained in part by ‘moral licensing’, a phenomenon in which doing something ‘good’-in this case practicing a religion-can leave people less concerned about the consequences of immoral behavior, the researchers say.  They also come as a timely reminder that religion and morality are not one and the same.”

Nonbelief Relief awards $20K to Doctors Without Borders

Nonbelief Relief, a new humanitarian agency for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, has awarded its first grant: $20,000 to Doctors Without Borders.

The vote was influenced by the October 3rd, 2015 bombing by the U.S. military of a DWB hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 people: 12 staff members and 10 patients, including 3 children.  Another 37 people, including 19 staff members, were injured. The hospital was also destroyed.
Nonbelief Relief is a venue for nonbelievers to give assistance as nonbelievers.  “It is important that it be known that secularists are just as charitable, if not more so than the religious, but have simply lacked the infrastructure to give as a united group under the banner of freethought,” said Nonbelief Relief President Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Wisconsin area businessman and FFRF board member Jim Zerwick made the original proposal.  FFRF is the sole member of the charity.  Individuals and FFRF members may add their donation to Doctors Without Borders by designating an online donation for Nonbelief Relief at: ffrf.orf/donate/.

Praying – Secular Style

Drowsing in the recliner, summer storm just passed through, arousing the Robins outside my windows.  Images of green canopies appear as I pass over, revealing rushing water beneath.  The youngest cat is curled on my lap, her softness thrilling me.  I praise the Earth, and all that It is. Well-being flows from my heart region into my limbs. This feels holy.

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