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Frustrations with finding human rights positions

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 8:15pm 2 Comments

The past few years, I have had this nagging feeling in the back of my head, lurking around under my thoughts. Hearing more and more about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and injustices in Gaza lately have brought it back with a raging fury. For the longest time, I have wanted to go oversees and volunteer. To do SOMETHING, with my own hands, to improve the lives of people over there. To help show that not all Americans are rich/rude/uncaring/whatever misconceptions those people may… Continue

Hell House

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 10:00pm 24 Comments

I started out watching The Root of All Evil on youtube tonight. When I got to the part where Dawkins is witnessing a church's plans to put together a Hell House, I had to stop watching, to think. Things just hit too close to home for me. I found a documentary following the creation and execution of a hell house, and rented it to watch. It brought back some memories, things I had tried to forget. I found myself breathing with great difficulty throughout the film. (If you aren't sure what a hell… Continue

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At 12:16pm on June 3, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Andrea! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D

At 3:35pm on October 27, 2009, Andrew Selle said…
Well, a friend of mine contacted an author from a book he read, who referred us to a few people who are some of the "high-ups" in the Secular Student Alliance, which is like an umbrella group for universities, and they said they would help us get started. Basically, my friend and I are just gathering interest. BGSU dictates that we need to have 8 members plus a faculty adviser to be considered a campus organization. I think we might have the 8, but we don't have a faculty member yet. In any case, Facebook me (Andrew Selle) and I'll keep you posted on what's happening, and when we are going to try and meet as a group for the first time. Also, let me know if you have any suggestions!
At 9:14pm on March 11, 2009, Jeff S said…
Hey, sorry i like NEVER get on this thing. We do go to the same school how cool. I thought i was the only rational one on
At 10:03am on February 3, 2009, David McDonald said…
No worries. Glad you made it back safe and sound. My sympathies on your internship. I can relate. My clinicals were taxing too, but you just can't get exposer like that any other way. Just try to remember that it doesn't last forever and that in the "real world" it gets better.
At 9:04am on February 2, 2009, David McDonald said…
Hey! Are you back in BG? Dieing to know how things went with the folks over the holidays and what you thought of the Julia Sweeny cds.
At 6:41am on January 16, 2009, Chris Morse said…
Pretty well, thanks! Just been a long week. Looking forward to decompressing this weekend. You?
At 8:23pm on January 8, 2009, Chris Morse said…
Ohhh, never get the shuffle! But hey, at least it's an ipod.

My holidays were good. Spent the time with family. Went to some casinos and lost money. Played with my mom's dog. And came home with a venison meat sausage! (No, that's not a dirty innuendo. ;) )
At 10:48pm on January 5, 2009, Chris Morse said…
So how were your holidays?
At 10:20am on December 19, 2008, David McDonald said…
As a Vietnam era Navy veteran I have great sympathy for our warriors too. It's not their fault their deranged president, with daddy issues, is on a dry drunk. It's wonderful that you've adopted a soldier. I don't think you can ever know just how much it means to get something from "home" when you are stuck in something like that. It brings tears to my eyes remembering... How do you "adopt a soldier"? I'd like to do that as a family for X-mas!

As you've discovered, Unitarian Universalists are a liberal bunch. This congregation is even more so because there are so many atheist members. Most of the devils hole discussion group are members of the congregation. A few group members do regularly leave after the discussion and that is perfectly fine. There are probably thirty or so semi-regulars and half a dozen core members who seem to make it every week. A typical gathering is about a dozen or more. My wife and I tend to help out with the kids after the group instead of "watching the show" as I call it.

Wow, a freethinker writing for the BGNews. How sweet is that?! head is swirling with all the possibilities.... ;)

I mentioned Jeff S in my last post. You and he should get together, for sure, and discuss setting up a group. My niece, Kendra, who is one of us, goes to Owens, but has most of her friends at BG. Unfortunately, she is more into partying than more substantive endeavors. Still, she IS cute and alot of fun and you two do have non-belief in common...

Anywho... I will, hopefully, meet you in person, Sunday at 10:00AM. One last thing, my email is That goes straight to my Blackberry. Feel free to contact me anytime.
At 8:36am on December 19, 2008, David McDonald said…
Hi Andrea. The devils hole meeting lasts about an hour, but because several people have expressed a desire to share films/documentaries with the group, we've decided to start the meeting an hour early on the third Sunday of the month. So, beginning Sunday January 19th, we will start the meeting at 9:00 AM with an as yet to be named (but, I'm sure, fascinating) film. As for volunteer work, the congregation does a lot. First you should note that we are pariah in the community (I personally wear this as a Badge of Honor) because, among other things, we openly support gay, transgender, etc... rights, we were vocally against both wars from the beginning, we have openly gay and lesbian members and we support gay marriage. We have been taking donations and sending "essentials" to Darfur, the Congo, Afghanistan... We help feed the homeless at the Cherry St. Mission in Toledo. We support just about any secular/humanist cause that comes along.
Many in the congregation are BGSU staff and students. I like that because it brings the mean intelligence level way up. Bible-thumpers can't handle smart people.
I would like to help you set up a secular/atheist group at BGSU if you are interested. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sends speakers to college campuses to help get things rolling. I'm going to find out what I can for you along those lines.
I also see that you've found Jeff S, . Jeff has been to one of our meetings and has expressed a desire to start a group at university. I'd love nothing more than to see Bowling Green turn into another uber-liberal college town like Ann Arbor.
Happy Saturnalia!



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