A Weekend of Activity

Tonight, I’m planning to see another panel discussion with Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta and an apologist by the name Ronald Danatus at Moody Bible church downtown.

I have a ton of editing to get done before tonight. And I want to make a pizza. I haven’t made a pie in weeks … (Thanks Work. You’re a real asshole some times.)

Tomorrow I’m shooting some engagement shots.

What are you doing?

PZ Myers reflects on last night’s event and More Shots from Morality to Change the World Panel

PZ Myers reflected on the experience here. He talks about how there may have been disagreement between the panel, but it was nothing like what you’d find at say … FOX news.

There’s certainly something welcoming and intelligently exhilarating when listening to a discussion like that one as opposed to mindless hackneyed bullshit on network news.

Here are some more shots I took last night.

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“Evangelist Spurned for Supporting Evolution”

That the anchor in the story below opens by saying creationism in the same sentence as evolution as being one or the other is a mystery to me. How does a creation myth get equal bidding with a scientific theory?

Only in this country.

It’s like saying, “Yesterday, Jeremy believes his tea was created by pixies in the kitchen or it was made when he heated up water on the stove and poured it over a teabag … it has to be one or the other.”

Slowly but surely, intelligent people are reading and pursuing the evidence and they see that they can’t deny what science has to offer. Religionistas are able to couple all kinds of other ideas into their “faith” that don’t belong there. They can honor a book that advocates killing children in the same book that says love neighbors … but they can’t accept a scientific perspective while agreeing with love neighbors … I find that hard to believe. Why is the story of origins the breaking point for biblical passages that conflict with their message?

Morality to Change the World Panel

As mentioned in the previous post, I went to the “Morality to Change the World” panel event tonight at the UOC. I said “UIC” in the previous post. Boy was I wrong.

I’m still collecting my thoughts about the evening. It was relatively uneventful. The panel was a religious person, an atheist and a communist. But there was very little disagreement. The most disagreement came between Bob Bossie — representing faith — and the communist, Sunsara Taylor. You may have seen Taylor on The O’Reilly Factor. PZ Myers was the most non-controversial person on the panel … or so it seemed.

All those things together made for a very quiet exchange between the panel.

Should all people of faith resemble Bossie and his “faith”, I would think there wouldn’t be a conflict between any one. He accepts science. He respects all other faiths and perspectives. And by respect, he gives them credit where credit is due. He’s not confrontational. But damn, the guy is pretty smart. He rambled a little and he seemed a little ditzy at times. But all in all, I prefer his religiosity to almost any religious person I’ve ever met.

Bossie sees god in everything. He can go to a mosque and see the resemblance of allah in his own god, then wonder why he’s not a muslim instead of a Christian. He portrayed a religiosity that is truthful. It avoided any beguiling nature that seems prevalent among most religious.

A lot of the Q&A focused on Taylor. I could care less about her. She talked too much. She talked too loudly. She used more words to make a point than were necessary to make that point. Once her responses became repetative, I yawned. She talked about Bob Avakian like he was Jesus. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when people claim they are atheist, but yet have a god figure in their vocabulary.

These are my preliminary thoughts on the evening. I hope to expand a little more in the next couple days.