Reason Rally/AA Convention Photos and Videos

Just a quick reminder that you’ll be able to see all the photos and video we post, along with the possibility of a live stream from the rally at our UStream..

Here are some links so you can follow us at the web.

UStream – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/midohioatheists (watch for live video during the rally)

Facebook Video – https://www.facebook.com/video/?id=100001205132417 (videos posted during the weekend)

Facebook Album – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.343812142335621.95514.100001205132417&type=3 (Reason Rally and Convention Photos)

We will also be recording an impromptu Video Pod Cast tonight!  So watch for that late tonight.

-Michael

 

 

Reason Rally and the MOA

The Reason Rally is only a few days away!  All the Mid Ohio Atheists members who will be attending are hoping to meet as many people as possible!  This is what you can expect from us if you’re down there and want to meetup with the members of MOA-

The first of our members will be leaving Ohio late Wednesday night, some by car, and some by train, and hopefully arriving by early afternoon at the Bethesda Marriott North, the location of the 2012 American Atheist National Convention, which will follow the Reason Rally.  While subject to change, our plans are to get settled on Thursday, hopefully touch base with some others who have arrived early and prepare for the next day.  On the Friday before the Rally, we plan on seeing what the city has to offer and doing much of the tourist activities available down town. Our plans are to scope out the Mall and visit as much of the Smithsonian as possible, being our top priorities.   That evening we hope to touch base with two close friends of the Mid Ohio Atheists, Jamila Bey and Ronnelle Adams, who both are locals to the DC area!  If you’re in town and want to meetup that night, send us a text or give us a call at 419-862-5044.  We’ll let you know at what local watering hole you can find us!

Saturday morning will begin with the traditional sacrifice of a young vir—- oops sorry wrong list– um, it will begin with my happy dance!  I’ll be the one with the extra skip in my step and a smile so big you’ll want to slap it off my face as our group gets ready to attend the Rally!

Our plans are to be there early, to meet as many people as possible that morning.  We will be asking people if they are willing to record their story concerning what brought them to the Rally and why they think it’s important they are there. We won’t just be speaking to Rally attendees but also to the Counter Protesters so that we can find out what it is they are hoping to accomplish with their counter protests. If you want to meetup with the Mid Ohio Atheists, if we’ve meet you at other events and you want to hang out again, or if you just want to tell us we suck, give us a call or send us a text and come find us! Remember the number we can be reached on at the Rally or anytime is 419-862-5044!

During the Rally our plan is to attempt to do some Live Blogging.  However, as people have pointed out, this might become difficult if the numbers of attendees expected are reached and could overwhelm the local cell towers.  My promise to you is that as long as the networks are functional and allow us to broadcast, we will be streaming as much of it as possible on our Ustream Channel.  If the network is unable to sustain the amount of people attending the Rally, we will record as much of the event and interaction with attendees as possible and it will go up on the web as soon as it can be uploaded. You can spot us by looking for shirts our members will be wearing.

 

The evening after the Reason Rally is still up in the air for our group, but you may see us at the Atheist Nexus after party which will be held at the convention hotel in conjunction with American Atheists.

On the first day of the convention you will find most of our members front and center, eager to hear from the convention speakers.  On Sunday night of the convention we will be attending the costume dinner and comedy night at the convention hotel.

Early on Monday, the last day of the convention, we will again be front and center for the speakers and, much to our dismay, several of our members will be sneaking out around lunch to catch the train back to Ohio.

I encourage all of our friends to introduce yourself if you happen to see our members during the rally or convention.  The biggest thrill for our members is to have a chance to meet and network with Freethinkers, Atheists, and Skeptics from all over.  We would love to meet you and hear your story!   So, don’t hesitate for a second to come up and introduce yourself to our members!

See you there!

-Michael

What I want for Christmas

What I want for Christmas

by Robert G. Ingersoll

If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.

I would have all the nobility crop their titles and give their lands back to the people. I would have the Pope throw away his tiara, take off his sacred vestments, and admit that he is not acting for God — is not infallible — but is just an ordinary Italian. I would have all the cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and clergymen admit that they know nothing about theology, nothing about hell or heaven, nothing about the destiny of the human race, nothing about devils or ghosts, gods or angels. I would have them tell all their “flocks” to think for themselves, to be manly men and womanly women, and to do all in their power to increase the sum of human happiness.

I would have all the professors in colleges, all the teachers in schools of every kind, including those in Sunday schools, agree that they would teach only what they know, that they would not palm off guesses as demonstrated truths.

I would like to see all the politicians changed to statesmen, — to men who long to make their country great and free, — to men who care more for public good than private gain — men who long to be of use.

I would like to see all the editors of papers and magazines agree to print the truth and nothing but the truth, to avoid all slander and misrepresentation, and to let the private affairs of the people alone.

I would like to see drunkenness and prohibition both abolished.

I would like to see corporal punishment done away with in every home, in every school, in every asylum, reformatory, and prison. Cruelty hardens and degrades, kindness reforms and ennobles.

I would like to see the millionaires unite and form a trust for the public good.

I would like to see a fair division of profits between capital and labor, so that the toiler could save enough to mingle a little June with the December of his life.

I would like to see an international court established in which to settle disputes between nations, so that armies could be disbanded and the great navies allowed to rust and rot in perfect peace.

I would like to see the whole world free — free from injustice — free from superstition.

This will do for next Christmas. The following Christmas, I may want more.

The Arena, Boston, December 1897.

 

Secular Student Alliance

Allot of people want to get involved but often don’t know where to start.  For those of you in College you have a huge resource you should take advantage of, in the form of the Secular Student Alliance.  

 

 

One of the newest groups to join the SSA family is West Virginia University- Parkersburg.  I’d like to encourage everyone to head over to their facebook page and show them some love and welcome them to the Atheist Community!

 

-Michael

God says he’s ok with Atheism..

Gives Ohio Giant Atheist A in the Sky

I was kind shocked myself, but this is the kinda wild coincidence that can only be divine intervention.   Let me set the subjective back story before I amaze you with magic! First the morning started off kinda rough..  Like normal I’m prodding my son along to get ready for school, which of course makes us nearly 10 minutes late exiting the house.  As we make our way to the driveway I notice it frosted the night before, and wouldn’t you know, but the lock to my car is frozen!  After several more minutes were finally able to enter the car and through what can only be described as the first miracle of the morning I made the normally 30 minute drive in just over 22 minutes!  Surly there must have been some power greater than myself guiding me.   On the way back I look into the sky what do I see? What can surly only be a sign from an all powerful and benevolent creator.

 

 

 

 

It is  far to perfect to be chance, it must be design!  (click here for uncropped )

The first thing I did when I saw this image in the sky (after pulling my car to screeching halt at the side of a busy highway to take the picture) was to send a copy to a friend of mine who is Christian (a young earth, everything is designed and there is no such thing as evolution Christian).

Exchange:

ME: *IMAGE* Hey God put a giant Atheist A in the Sky!  He dose exist!

HIM:  Uhhh, that looks more like the Anarchy A.

ME: I really doubt God is pro-Anarchy.

HIM: Its Jet trails.  It just looks like an A.

ME: So what your telling me is that not everything that looks designed, is designed?  Hmm Weird..

HIM: Your a Dick.

ME: Agree to Disagree.

 

 

 

Christian Phishing Email

I received the following email today.

Hello,
I am Mrs Mary Abery, a devoted Christian. I am in the process of setting
up a charity foundation but due to my health condition I would need
somebody to help me finish it. This mail was sent by one of my PA
(Atkinson, Robb) so please reply to my email address: m.abery@rogers.com
for more details.

Remain Blessed
Mrs. Mary Abery

N.B. IT IS VERY COMPULSORY YOU REPLY ONLY TO MY EMAIL:
m.abery@rogers.com

What I always find scary is that people actually fall for this kind of email.

A Spiritual Person

“I’m not really a religious person but I am a spiritual person.”

I always cringe when I hear this phrase because it usually means the conversation is about to turn to miracles, butterflies, fairies, Angels and a whole load of pseudo religious or new-age nonsense.

Lately I have changed my point of view.

According to Wikipedia,
Spiritual is – concerning matters of the spirit.
Spirit is – ‘well, any number of things depending on which definition you choose,” Breath, Soul, Emotion. The definition I like from Wikipedia is “The spirit of a living thing usually refers to or explains its consciousness.”

Consciousness is a great place to start a rational conversation. We can work with this.

With most people you will not get this quality of definition. Their eyes will glaze over and you will get something along the lines of “there may be something out there but I don’t know what it is and I don’t think anybody else does either”.

To me this represents the “light beer” sales approach. You know the phrase, “Great taste less filling.” It allows all the warm fuzzy angel-wing feelings of religion without all the “Lucifer will burn the flesh off your body” or “kill every man woman and child in the city”, feeling.

On the surface it seems that these people have just thrown out belief in the standard dogma, for something new age. But,,, is this a first step towards something more meaningful? I personally believe that this is the first step to a rational outlook. They have compartmentalized their belief (not rare) to the point where they can believe in the wonders of miracles without having to accept the acts of violence, intolerance, and hatred that religion entails.
They have realized that the sales patter can’t possibly be right so the conscious mind rebels at embracing it.

Remember when your Mother told you, “You can catch more flies with Honey than Vinegar?” This is where we need to reassure them that they are on the right path to wisdom. This is where we as friends need to engage them in the wonders that science holds. This is where we need to reassure them that they are not losing anything by following the rational course, but instead are gaining a whole new understanding of the Universe.

Which is more enthralling, the myth of creation where god magically made the earth the sky and all the animals in one week, or ten minutes spent browsing Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series. You can’t observe the open maw of an active volcano, the true size of the expanding universe, or the birth and development of a fellow primate without experiencing a sense of wonder.

Instead of making them uncomfortable with a berating of their confused beliefs, we should seize this as an opportunity to usher them into the 21st Century of science and wonder. After all, didn’t they agree to meet us half way when they gave up the dogma? Shouldn’t we as rational people do our part to help them replace what they have left behind?

As freethinkers our primary goal should be to educate our community for the benefit of all mankind. We may never find rationalism with a fundamentalist minister but when a non religious “spiritual” person is asking our opinion, our goals should be clear.

Perhaps in the future when someone says, “I am not religious, but I am spiritual,” instead of jamming a pencil in my ear and bracing my psyche for the fairies and unicorns, I will use this as an opening to explore what they really mean. And more to the point, how I can help.

I will at least try to plant the seeds of scientific thought in someone who just may be ready to accept it.

Scott McPeak