You Turn: COEXIST without Religion

by August Berkshire

(This rebuttal opinion was printed in the St. Cloud Times on May 14, 2011. It was also published in the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. -ed.)

As I pondered the April 28 Times’ Writers Group column “Religion gives adherents guide,” I came up with my own list of meanings for the letters that form the word COEXIST.

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Genuine Atheists and Illegitimate Christians Support Gay Rights

By Eric Jayne

eric.mug.1.jpgThe brutal practice of slavery was arguably the nation’s most disturbing human rights disaster in the 19th century.  It was a subject that profoundly impacted Mark Twain who grew up in pre-Civil War Missouri.  Even though many Christians today credit their religion for the abolitionist movement and the end of slavery, Twain knew better.  “There was no place in the land where the seeker could not find some small budding sign of pity for the slave”, he wrote.  “No place in all the land but one—the pulpit; it yielded at last [as] it always does.”  Twain went on to say that the Christian pulpit “fought a strong and stubborn fight, and then did what it always does, joined the procession—at the tail end.”  After slavery was finally abolished Twain observed that the biblical authorization for slavery persists: “The slavery text remained; the practice changed, that was all.”  His words remain true today as tolerance is on the rise for gays and lesbians thanks to good old fashioned secular values and “illegitimate Christians.”

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Atheists Talk: May Radio Report

By Steve Petersen

mike_on_the_mic.jpgOur radio program is live every Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 from the KTNF studios in Eden Prairie on AM 950. Minnesota Atheists is the producer and the Director is Mike Haubrich. Hosts include Mike Haubrich and Scott Lohman. Original music is composed, played and recorded by Brent Michael Davids. Live steaming is available on our web page The six month cost is $5,320.00, each donation to support the program is greatly appreciated. To donate, just send in a donation to our post office box, or donate online at,com_ civicrm/Itemid,55. All past programs can be accessed via web page.

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May Cable Report

By Steve Petersen

mna_cable.jpgFor our May cable program George Kane interviewed Sandhya Bathija on Thomas Jefferson’s Wall of Separation. Bathija is the Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She joined the staff in May 2008. Bathija previously worked as a reporter for the legal trade publication The National Law Journal, and practiced law for a civil rights firm in Detroit. She holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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