Just created it in the last few days. Feel free to invite others who may be interested. I just went through the two most recent discussions on "Secular Sexuality" and invited everyone that seemed favorable.
Thanks for the note. I'm looking forward to reading your book (I just bought it on Amazon). I'm probably not the right guy to start a RR group here, but I'm pretty active in our local Atheists group here in Charlotte so I'll mention it.
I just sent the following to the moderator of my Humanist group that meets weekly in the Pegasus Restaurant in Sarasota.. We have 30 members to whom we are sending your podcast.
We might be able to add some good numbers here in Sarasota, Florida.
Her name is Meigs. Here's the email I just sent her.
This is Darrel's podcast which explains the movement. Please disperse it to the group to see who might be interested. I'd be willing to work at it, especially if I had some help. We could even use Pegasus as a base to work from.
Also, he was some very good youtube videos on how masses hypnotize people. Just search on "Darrel Ray."
I'll email Darrel to let him know what we're doing.
Hello Darrel: I do remember you in the Q&A session. I was also aware of you thru Dennis from the NY Athiest group. He had mentioned your book during a taped interview we did. Way back in 1978 my brother and I opened our first print shop in Overland Park, KS., so I know exactly where Bonner Springs is.
I have a whole list of books I want to read now after attending the convention. Yours is on it.
I am honestly amazed at the outpouring of emotion and support from my speech. I just want to say thank you from my heart for yours.
Hi Darrel - just posted a Bulletin about RR on myspace with a link to the site, and asked for people to repost. I have 178 friends (mostly atheists) on Myspace and Wink (Aka Billy) has just reposted it, and he has more than 400 friends, so word should spread quickly! Cheers, Kristy
I have a very good friend who's name is Art. Art and I are both atheists. We live in a very conservative county in west/central Idaho. We meet once a week and talk about the issues of the day concerning religion, politics etc.
Art and I have completely different backgrounds when it comes to religion. I was VERY involved in fundamentalism, and Art was a casual believer. Here is how I hope that your book will help bridge my experience with Art's experience:
It absolutely mystifies Art that some Christians actually believe the claims of the Bible and the myriad of scams, deceptions and obvious false notions that fall under the umbrella of "Christian beliefs". He has never been "under the spell" of religion. He lived into his sixties before he started questioning the existence of (a) god. Up until that point, it just was not any big deal to my friend Art. A few years ago he started reading about Atheism on the web....yadda, yadda, yadda,...he is now an Atheist.
My story is typical;
8 years of Catholic school followed by ten years of little involvement in church. Then in my twenties I did the big 'sinner meltdown' and got saved and completely sucked into the fundamentalist/pentecostal lifestyle and world view. Yadda, yadda, yadda,..eighteen years ago, I began educating myself about Christianity and the Bible and broke loose from "the faith".
I said all that to say this: I'm optimistic that your book will help my friend Art to understand WHY people like myself fall so hard and deeply under the deceptive teachings of the Bible.
The virus analogy makes perfect and beautiful sense to me. My hope is that Art will see things more clearly through reading "The God Virus".
I promise to keep you posted as the story unfolds....
As a fellow psychologist I am delighted to hear that you have written a book about the hooking techniques used by religion. I will try to get hold of a copy.
Have you read William Sargent's "Battle for the Mind"? It covers similar material. It was on the Australian Year 12 compulsary reading list for English Expression in 1965 when I was completing that level (equivalent to US Junior College).
Darrel: Thanks for the heads up on your book. I will surely order a copy right away because a) it sounds interesting and b) I like to support one of 'our own'.
I am very much trying not to become militant regarding belief and it's impacts and intrusions on our life. What keeps me on an even keel when investigating belief and dealing with religion in the deep South is to continue to read and learn about the root causes and the mechanics of it.
As a side note, I'm impressed that you have emerged from a fundamentalist upbringing to become an atheist, a speaker, and an author. Cheers!
Thanks for the info Darrel -- I'm going to buy it from the site you provided. It looks like a great read! Free shipping -- that's great. (Sorry I put two "Ls" in your name the first time -- I'm normally a little more careful!)