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The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is a national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics) that has been working since 1978 to keep church and state separate.
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I've heard many so called atheists refer to the "soul" as if it actually existed. My question is: If you believe humans have a soul are you really an atheist? Continue
I have a recent example for you, @William
My elderly mother died a couple of weeks ago. Throughout her last days (which was actually a couple of months) she was provided hospice care. While she was devoutly religious and had a minister and church group that came to see her, I am not and they kindly focused their attention on my mother. The hospice workers however continually asked if I needed the support of a chaplain. I repeatedly told them no. They had one call me anyway. Daily references to god's blessings and a near insistence that they provide some form of spiritual support was anything but helpful; indeed, it was yet another burden for me as an already stressed caregiver. Social workers do need to understand this, and I support you action. I received a survey from the hospice program a couple of days ago and noted this when I filled it out. I recommend that others do the same if presented with the opportunity.
sk8eycat et al -- Re FFRF conventions: The next is in Portland, but they're looking at L.A. for 2014. 2013 will be in Madison. I just returned from FFRF in Hartford, CT. Attendance was down a bit (around 400). Annie-Laurie said they don't do as well on the east coast. Of course the convention was a blast (featured speakers included Rebecca Goldstein, Steven Pinker, and Jerry Coyne. And yes, the best part is being with such a large group of people who think the same way. BTW, I learned about Jerry Coyne's blog, which I've been enjoying since: http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/
I sorta cruise around in the Nexus.
I've been a member of FFRF for a few years, but I've never been to a convention. They alternate locations, Midwest, East Coast, West Coast. The last one out here was in Seattle in 2009, and I was making serious plans to go (I love the Pacific Northwest! Beautiful!), when I had to have spinal surgery, and the co-pays after Medicareless paid its "share," wiped me out.
Next year's convention is going to be in Portland, OR, and I'm thinking about it...again. I just want to get on the Coast Starlight and ride. Srsly.
hi E - (hope i remembered right)
i keep bumping into you :]
It really isn't the "name" speakers, or other attractions, that make me long to go to a smaller convention...it's the friendship, and meeting new people.
I used to go to the smaller SF cons, and just enjoyed staying in a hotel for a few days and shmoozing with people with similar interests.
I was at the AAI convention in Burbank back in October of '09. That was an amazing event. I know Fargo, ND, can't come close to offering the speakers or the options that exist in the L.A. area - but we do have non-toxic air here, so... Trade-offs, right? But we need to spread the good news of logic and reason here in the midwest far more than LA. You guys have already evolved beyond the back-water religious bumpkinism of the bible belt. Truly jealous of that.
Good luck stirring things up, sk8eycat! If we can make it happen here, I KNOW you can make it happen there.
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